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

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