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How Birdathon donations benefit birds

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    Protect endangered Kirtland’s warblers in Wisconsin

    2017 saw record numbers of Kirtland’s warblers, a federally endangered songbird first discovered in 2007 in Wisconsin’s central sands region. These tiny songbirds require jack pine habitat and build their nests on the ground, making them challenging to protect. DNR and partners monitor the birds, protect their nests and work with landowners to provide habitat. According to the recently released 2017 nesting season report, the number of Kirtland's warblers grew and the birds expanded their nesting range.
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    Document Wisconsin's birds in the Breeding Bird Atlas II

    Wisconsin's volunteer-based, multi-year survey to understand which birds nest here and how that has changed wrapped up its third season in 2017 with impressive numbers. The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II runs from 2015 to 2019 and will update and expand on the findings of the first atlas — and provide critical data for conservation of birds for years to come. Volunteer surveyors topped 1,100 and they documented 220 nesting species, including 12 new to Wisconsin in the past two decades, including the Mississippi kite, shown here.
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    Restore stopover habitat for migrating birds

    Partners working to protect and enhance stopover habitats used by birds migrating through Wisconsin’s Great Lakes basins are continuing their work on those “coasts” and are also focusing attention in 2018 on the Upper Mississippi River and St. Croix River. Initiative partners and stakeholders on those major rivers will be developing the initiative to identify priority protection areas, provide technical support for land acquisitions and easements, and offer educational programs and materials about habitat management for private landowners and professional land managers.
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    Monitor hawks, owls, nightjars and marsh birds

    Information about species’ distributions, habitat use, and population trends is critical to meaningful conservation action. The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and its partners are conducting volunteer-based monitoring programs to fill information gaps. The current focus is on collecting information about marshbirds, nightjars (such as whip-poor-wills and nighthawks), and owls, all secretive birds that are often overlooked in more general surveys. Your contribution via The Great Wisconsin Birdathon helps pay for a coordinator to recruit, training and supervise these specialized surveys.
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    Protect the wintering habitat in Costa Rica and Peru

    Many favorite songbirds, like the scarlet tanager shown here, and more than half of Wisconsin’s threatened bird species winter in Latin America. The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative works with partners in the United States and abroad to ensure that habitat is conserved for orioles, warblers, thrushes, shorebirds, and other neotropical migrants. Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is a globally important biodiversity hotspot and winter home for more than 50 species of Wisconsin birds. Working with Osa Conservation, the Bird Protection Fund supports reforestation and environmental education programs. In addition, the Amazon Conservation Association supports similar initiatives for overwintering Wisconsin birds in Peru.
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    Colonial waterbird monitoring in east-central Wisconsin and Lake Michigan

    Colonial waterbirds are birds that nest in colonies or groups and Wisconsin is home to 20 species of colonial waterbirds. Wisconsin DNR surveys nesting colonies of three species of tern, red-necked grebe, and great egret to locate new colonies, track the species’ population changes, and determine the best breeding habitat in five east-central counties of Wisconsin. Funding from the birdathon will further these efforts in addition to waterbird monitoring on Lake Michigan. Over the last five years the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory has monitored waterbirds and waterfowl migrating over Lake Michigan and along the shoreline, by onshore observers and offshore aircraft, finding surprising numbers and diversity of birds and adding to our knowledge of over-water migrations. These aerial surveys provide a unique look into bird populations that cannot be achieved on land.
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    Reintroduce whooping cranes to Eastern North America

    This spring, whooping cranes have nested for the first time at White River Marsh Wildlife Area in central Wisconsin, marking a welcome expansion of nesting range in Wisconsin and an important milestone in efforts to establish a self-sustaining population in eastern North America. Your pledge to The Great Wisconsin Birdathon helps fund the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership’s effort to grow the flock to help sustain the rarest of the world’s 15 species of cranes.
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    Encourage bird-friendly Wisconsin municipalities

    Earlier this year Bird City Wisconsin welcomed its 100th and 101st communities into the nest, less than a decade after the education and conservation organization began. Communities have taken more than 1,200 actions to benefit birds, everything from installing nest boxes to promoting green space, planting native plant gardens, and hosting educational programs. Twenty-three communities have achieved high flyer status by committing to an even higher level of activity. Your contribution to The Great Wisconsin Birdathon helps pay for coordination of this program and work with communities to take bird-friendly actions.
Last Revised: Tuesday May 2 2017