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Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
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Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare lichens
Discover Wisconsin's lichens.
Natural communities
Explore Wisconsin's natural communities.
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Natural Heritage Conservation publicationsSpecies guidance

Species guidance documents are peer-reviewed publications with comprehensive information for rare species tracked by the Natural Heritage Inventory or identified in the Wisconsin Wildlife Action Plan as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN). They contain identification, life history, management guidelines, screening guidance and avoidance measures and are intended for a wide variety of users, including resource managers, private landowners, contractors, students and the general public.

Species collage

Visit the biodiversity pages for a complete listing of Wisconsin's rare species and natural communities, and other information, including photos and related links for these species.

Update: The northern long-eared bat guidance document is currently being updated to reflect the recent federal listing determination.

Completed guidance documents
Publication number Species common name Last revised
PUB-ER-685 2013 Acadian Flycatcher [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-703 2013 Bell's Vireo [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-693 2013 Canada Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-677 2012 Cerulean Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-686 2013 Hooded Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-694 2013 Kentucky Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-687 2013 Kirtland's Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-679 2012 Northern Goshawk [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-688 2013 Prothonotary Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-702 2013 Red-headed Woodpecker [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-681 2012 Red-shouldered Hawk [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-704 2013 Short-eared Owl [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-696 2013 Spruce Grouse [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-689 2013 Worm-eating Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-695 2013 Yellow-throated Warbler [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-707 2013 Big Brown Bat [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-706 2013 Eastern Pipistrelle [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-705 2013 Little Brown Bat [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-678 2012 Northern Flying Squirrel [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-690 2013 Woodland Jumping Mouse [PDF] June 2013
PUB-ER-691 2013 Woodland Vole [PDF] June 2013
Reptiles & Amphibians
PUB-ER-666 2016 Blanchard's Cricket Frog [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-683 2016 Blanding's Turtle [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-665 2016 Butler's Gartersnake [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-713 2016 Eastern Massasauga [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-710 2016 Eastern Ribbonsnake [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-711 2016 Ornate Box Turtle [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-673 2016 Queensnake [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-682 2016 Slender Glass Lizard [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-712 2016 Western Ribbonsnake [PDF] June 2016
PUB-ER-684 2016 Wood Turtle [PDF] June 2016
Last revised: 11/8/2016