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Birding and bird conservation
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.
- Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail offers maps of birding and wildlife watching sites from around the state.
- Wisconsin Society for Ornithology offers field trips and other opportunities to birdwatch and learn more about birds across the state.
- Wisconsin birding hotspots provides a statewide birding summary and links to hotspots around the state.
- Natural Resources Foundation organizes experts around the state for birdwatching and other nature-related field trips.
- The DNR's Outdoor Report offers weekly statewide birding reports and updates on birding opportunities.
- Bird City Wisconsin festivals offers an updated list of festivals each year.
- Important Bird Areas are often great places to birdwatch or enjoy nature.
- Explore outdoors helps you find places to go and things to do on state lands around the state.
- Bald eagle watching
- Prairie Chicken viewing is organized by DNR conservation partners every spring. This is a great opportunity to view Prairie Chicken "lekking" from blinds on Buena Vista Marsh.
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.
- Wisconsin eBird allows you to report and track your daily sightings from birding excursions and at home. It also allows you to explore real-time bird sightings from other birders across the state.
- Wisconsin Society for Ornithology provides a variety of ways on documenting rare birds and how to use eBird for seasonal reports.
- Report a banded bird at the USGS bird banding lab website. This website includes both aluminum leg bands and some other colored leg bands and wing markers used by scientists to track individual birds.
- Report a banded racing pigeon through the American Racing Pigeon Union website. Racing pigeon bands will start with the letters "AU."
- Report a rare bird by using a fillable report form. This is to be used for species on Wisconsin's Natural Heritage Working List.
- Report a Whooping Crane at the USFWS whooping crane reporting website for the eastern U.S..
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.
See the links below for ways to get involved in birding and bird conservation efforts around the state.
- Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative volunteer bird monitoring opportunities has many citizen science programs that birders can participate in.
- "Who's Who" of bird citizen-based monitoring connects birders to local efforts to collect information on birds and other taxa groups.
- Birder Certification Programhelps individuals develop bird skills and get certified to participate in important monitoring efforts.
- The Bird Protection Fund helps DNR and partners conserve the birds we love. Donate through the website or consider participating in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.
- Bird City Wisconsin encourages local conservation groups and interested individuals to get involved in bird conservation efforts. Is your city a bird city?