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December 9, 2014

MADISON - The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report highlights successful partnerships, conservation efforts and their positive impacts to bird species throughout the state.

The Wisconsin State of the Birds Report contains excerpts from the State of the Birds Report, which is a national overview of the conservation status of birds in the United States issued by the U.S. committee of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative. It estimates population trends for birds grouped by broad habitat categories and shows how the trends have changed in recent years.

"The State of the Birds Report highlights more than 200 species that are in need of immediate conservation action," said Yoyi Steele, DNR wildlife biologist. "It also shows the progress of bird conservation nationally over the last five years."

Also noted in the Wisconsin report are bird conservation efforts by the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, a statewide partnership of more than 175 bird conservation organizations.

"The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative has been a leader in the bird community for the past decade," said Ryan Brady, WBCI bird monitoring coordinator and DNR research scientist. "WBCI continues to proactively address the national challenges we face in bird conservation here in Wisconsin through planning, education and outreach."

Here are a few notable conservation accomplishments in the 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds report:

The 2014 Wisconsin State of the Birds Report [PDF] is available on the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative website: (both links exit DNR).

Another way the department is working to achieve bird conservation goals in Wisconsin is through the creation of its next Wildlife Action Plan, slated for completion in 2015. The plan will direct conservation activities for priority species and habitats over the next ten years.

As a part of plan, the DNR is updating the list of its species of greatest conservation need. The new list and plan will underpin the actions that public and private conservation organizations or individuals can take toward helping bird species and their habitats.

In addition, the next iteration of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas (exit DNR) will further expand bird conservation efforts in Wisconsin. Over the next five years of fieldwork, Wisconsin will work to compile a comprehensive data set of breeding bird numbers and diversity throughout the state.

The direction of the Atlas fieldwork is influenced by information found in the State of the Birds report and in turn, the knowledge discovered through the Atlas will help the state direct efforts toward addressing the threats and trends identified in the report.

Furthermore, the DNR and partners continue working to conserve threatened and endangered birds and their habitats. This year, biologists completed nesting surveys statewide for eagles, ospreys, endangered terns and the rarest songbird in North America, Kirtland's Warbler. They also had a successful year assisting partners to reintroduce whooping cranes into the wild and helped support numerous citizen-based monitoring projects specific to bird species.

To learn more about bird conservation in Wisconsin, search the DNR website for keyword, "birding" or visit (exit DNR).

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Yoyi Steele,, 608-266-8169; Ryan Brady,; 715-685-2933, Davin Lopez,; 608-266-0837

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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