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Wisconsin's natural communities
about Species of Greatest Conservation Need
conservation actions for SGCNs and natural communities
datasets, documents, figures and maps
Species of Greatest Conservation Need: American marten, Kirtland's Warbler, slender glass lizard, Karner blue butterfly.
Contact information
For more information on the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan, contact:
Shari Koslowsky
WWAP coordinator

Species of Greatest Conservation Need
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From the Wildlife Action Plan

Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) have low and/or declining populations and are in need of conservation action. Included are species already listed as endangered or threatened and those on the Wisconsin Natural Heritage working list. The table below provides links to SGCN information and photos along with data from the Wildlife Action Plan, when available.

Note: The information presented here comes from the 2005 Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan. The 2015 revision has been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for approval. Our website content will be updated when the plan has been approved.

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Bird Species of Greatest Conservation Need
Common Name Scientific Name
Northern GoshawkAccipiter gentilis
Henslow's SparrowAmmodramus henslowii
Le Conte's SparrowAmmodramus leconteii
Nelson's SparrowAmmodramus nelsoni
Grasshopper SparrowAmmodramus savannarum
American Black DuckAnas rubripes
Eastern Whip-poor-willAntrostomus vociferus
Great EgretArdea alba
Short-eared OwlAsio flammeus
Long-eared OwlAsio otus
Upland SandpiperBartramia longicauda
American BitternBotaurus lentiginosus
Common GoldeneyeBucephala clangula
Red-shouldered HawkButeo lineatus
Rufa Red KnotCalidris canutus rufa
Swainson's ThrushCatharus ustulatus
Piping PloverCharadrius melodus
Black TernChlidonias niger
Lark SparrowChondestes grammacus
Common NighthawkChordeiles minor
Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinus
Northern BobwhiteColinus virginianus
Olive-sided FlycatcherContopus cooperi
Yellow RailCoturnicops noveboracensis
BobolinkDolichonyx oryzivorus
Least FlycatcherEmpidonax minimus
Acadian FlycatcherEmpidonax virescens
Rusty BlackbirdEuphagus carolinus
Brewer's BlackbirdEuphagus cyanocephalus
Spruce GrouseFalcipennis canadensis
Peregrine FalconFalco peregrinus
Kentucky WarblerGeothlypis formosa
Whooping CraneGrus americana
Worm-eating WarblerHelmitheros vermivorum
Black-necked StiltHimantopus mexicanus
Caspian TernHydroprogne caspia
Yellow-breasted ChatIcteria virens
Least BitternIxobrychus exilis
Loggerhead ShrikeLanius ludovicianus
Red-headed WoodpeckerMelanerpes erythrocephalus
Yellow-crowned Night-HeronNyctanassa violacea
Black-crowned Night-HeronNycticorax nycticorax
Connecticut WarblerOporornis agilis
Gray JayPerisoreus canadensis
Wilson's PhalaropePhalaropus tricolor
Black-backed WoodpeckerPicoides arcticus
Red-necked GrebePodiceps grisegena
Boreal ChickadeePoecile hudsonicus
Vesper SparrowPooecetes gramineus
Purple MartinProgne subis
Prothonotary WarblerProtonotaria citrea
King RailRallus elegans
Ruby-crowned KingletRegulus calendula
American WoodcockScolopax minor
Cerulean WarblerSetophaga cerulea
Hooded WarblerSetophaga citrina
Yellow-throated WarblerSetophaga dominica
Kirtland's WarblerSetophaga kirtlandii
DickcisselSpiza americana
Forster's TernSterna forsteri
Common TernSterna hirundo
Eastern MeadowlarkSturnella magna
Western MeadowlarkSturnella neglecta
Greater Prairie-ChickenTympanuchus cupido
Sharp-tailed GrouseTympanuchus phasianellus
Golden-winged WarblerVermivora chrysoptera
Bell's VireoVireo bellii
Yellow-headed BlackbirdXanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Wisconsin's Wildlife Action Plan COA maps and reports funded in part by The Conservation Fund [exit DNR] in partnership with The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation [exit DNR]

Last revised: Monday, July 27, 2015