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Wildlife and forestry research
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Duck banding, Grand River Marsh Wildlife Area.

Duck banding, Grand River Marsh Wildlife Area.

Male moose, photo submitted via Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey observations, Iron County.

Male moose, photo submitted via Deer Hunter Wildlife Survey observations, Iron County.

Banding a male Wood Duck.

Banding a male Wood Duck.

Trail camera photo of a black bear family, submitted through Black Bear and Bobcat observations request.

Trail camera photo of a black bear family, submitted through Black Bear and Bobcat observations request.

Wildlife and Forestry Research - Wildlife Surveys

Staff members in the DNR's Bureaus of Endangered Resources, Science Services, and Wildlife Management conduct a number of recurrent Wildlife Surveys.

These surveys generally include population status information, harvest summaries, population analyses, and hunter surveys, as well as analysis of wildlife damage claims and nuisance complaints. Semi-annual Wildlife Survey Reports are prepared for each survey effort and are distributed to managers, researchers, administrators, and other DNR employees.

Wildlife Survey Reports are intended to provide current survey information for management decisions. Thus, these reports provide current data and enough interpretation to understand the results (i.e. they are not intended to be definitive analyses of all survey data that has been collected). The surveys and the resulting reports allow the DNR to use the most current information to manage birds, including establishing harvest limits and seasons that are scientifically defensible.

Through these surveys, the DNR has obtained a considerable amount of information on mammals, birds, and a variety of endangered and threatened species.

Wildlife surveys and databases

Through this effort, we examine registered harvest, estimate population levels, set hunter permit levels and season lengths, and disseminate harvest and population information for most hunted and trapped species in Wisconsin. We also investigate Wisconsin hunter attitudes to season frame works, proposed legislative initiatives, Conservation Congress proposals, and monitor hunter participation trends. Finally, we establish protocol, data standards, and review data dissemination systems for most wildlife survey and harvest information to the public and other wildlife agencies.

Project timeline: 1930 - ongoing

Lead DNR scientist: Brian Dhuey

Wildlife Survey Reports

Coordination of Wisconsin DNR bird banding program

We coordinate the department's migratory bird banding program in cooperation with U.S. Geological Survey involving: 1) ordering from U.S.G.S. the appropriate number and sizes of bands for DNR banders and cooperators, then distributing these to the banders; 2) compiling data and maintaining databases for the bandings; 3) submitting these data to U.S. Geological Survey for a Canadian-U.S. cooperative database; 4) summarizing DNR's banding efforts for wildlife, endangered resources, and research staff and managers; and 5) analyzing and summarizing band recovery data provided by U.S. Geological Survey for wildlife and endangered resources staff and other researchers. In 2011, DNR banders and cooperators banded 4,034 geese, 6,031 ducks, 810 mourning doves, and 63 woodcock in addition to loons, trumpeter swans, bald eagles and other birds of prey, common terns, Henslow's sparrows and several other species. Banding data for waterfowl, doves, and woodcock are used by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mississippi Flyway Council, and the department to manage these species and set hunting regulations.

Project timeline: 1947 - ongoing

Lead DNR scientist: Rich Kahl

Last revised: Tuesday March 31 2015