for a great birding site on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail.
a sick or dead bird.
to the Bird Protection Fund or form your own Birdathon team.
Contact information
For information on birding and bird conservation, contact:
Ryan Brady
Research scientist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Birding and bird conservation

Winter birding

Winter offers some unique bird watching opportunities. Get tips and information from our online chat series. Photo © Ryan Brady

Wisconsin is home to over 300 species of birds and has thousands of people who enjoy birds. Explore the links below for information on birds, bird identification, birding locations and how to get involved in bird conservation efforts.

Where to find birds

Explore the information below to learn more about great birding places in Wisconsin.

Report a bird

Amatuer birders have always been leaders in the field of citizen science. The links below provide a number of web-based tools that allow you to report and track your daily bird sightings. These data are used by DNR and conservation partners across the hemisphere to monitor migratory bird populations.

Bird ID and information

The links below provide useful tips in identifying birds as well as information on their biology, status and conservation in Wisconsin.

  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds website contains great information on most North American species including pictures, video and songs/calls. Also, see the great series of online videos on how to be a better birder.
  • The USGS's Dendroica is an interactive website to help students, volunteers and professionals improve their skills at identifying wildlife by sight or by sound, particularly so that they can participate in nature survey and monitoring programs.
  • Wisconsin All-bird Conservation Plan contains species accounts, habitat management guidance and other relevant conservation information.
  • Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas was completed in 2000 and contains the best information on breeding bird distribution in the state.
  • Wisconsin's rare birds contains information on Wisconsin's endangered and threatened birds as well as species of greatest conservation need.
  • Wisconsin Stopover Initiative contains information for a range of audiences on the conservation of migratory stopover areas in Wisconsin.

Get involved

See the links below for ways to get involved in birding and bird conservation efforts around the state.

Take the bird quiz

Name that bird!

Test your knowledge of Wisconsin birds. Then, get outside and hone your skills by participating in Wisconsin's birdathon [exit DNR] to raise money for bird conservation. Answers to the quiz below.


Last revised: Thursday December 05 2013