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For information on birding and bird conservation, contact:
Ryan Brady
Conservation Biologist
Natural Heritage Conservation
715-685-2933

Birding and bird conservation

Northern Parula

Wisconsin ranks 2nd in the nation in percentage of residents who birdwatch, and it’s easy to see why in the spring and summer as Baltimore orioles and hundreds of other species put on a show. Photo by Jack Bartholomai.

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.

Get involved

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

Birdfeeder tips

5 Ways to help birds through spring snowstorms

Another April snowstorm is bearing down on portions of Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Although such spring snowstorms are common in Wisconsin, the impacts on early migrants can be significant if the snow is deep and persists for more than a couple days. Getting snow near you? Here are some of the best ways you can help our early migrants and other birds through the adverse conditions.

  1. Clear snow to expose patches of bare ground. This will give ground-feeding birds like robins, hermit thrushes, woodcock, flickers, and sparrows critical access to natural foods.
  2. Offer suet and peanut chunks, in addition to sunflower seed (many species), nyjer seed (small finches), and white millet (sparrows, doves). These fatty foods may attract sapsuckers, robins, yellow-rumped warblers, and other species that don't often frequent feeders.
  3. Offer mealworms, raisins, and/or frozen fruits. Live mealworms are best but can be hard to find. Dried mealworms often work. Fruits should be soaked and chopped if possible. Robins, bluebirds, and some insect-eating species may take advantage.
  4. Keep feeders full, free of snow and as dry as possible. Clear snow periodically during the storm and switch out seed if fully saturated.
  5. Provide birds shelter from snow and wind. Place feeders/seed where snow is least likely to pile up. Put a picnic table on its side or create a brush pile to shield birds from the feeding area. Make sure nest boxes are clean and ready for tenants like roosting bluebirds, chickadees, or tree swallows.
Last revised: Tuesday July 02 2019