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Wisconsin IBA Contact

Stephanie Beilke

Wisconsin IBAs by Type

IBA Priority Number Acres
Global 1 30,001
State 90 3,164,611
Total 91 3,194,612

In May, 2001 partners in Wisconsin launched the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI). Modeled after the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), this historic partnership is dedicated to delivering "the full spectrum of bird conservation emphasizing voluntary stewardship". WBCI currently has over 150 endorsing partners and is engaged in a wide variety of bird conservation activities throughout Wisconsin, ranging from conservation planning, to monitoring, to outreach and education. It is the first statewide all-bird conservation initiative of its kind in the United States. One of the major projects that WBCI undertook from its inception was the Important Bird Areas program. The IBA program is dedicated to identifying the most critical habitats for birds in Wisconsin using science-based criteria, and maintaining and improving those habitats through voluntary, collaborative conservation and stewardship actions. The IBA program made great strides starting in 2003 and currently has 30 officially recognized IBAs encompassing some 1.2 million acres, with additional recognition events planned during 2006. These IBAs occur on state, federal, tribal, municipal, and private lands. The IBA program has partnered with a wide variety of agencies, organizations, and individuals in the identification and recognition of these sites. Volunteer data collection efforts at several sites, such as Bong State Recreation Area, have been instrumental in advancing sites from nomination, through technical review, to recognition; we hope to build on these volunteer monitoring efforts in the stewardship phase. With the first round of identification close to completion, the IBA program is focusing attention on monitoring, conservation strategies, and integrating IBAs into WBCI's all-bird conservation plan and other state and regional site-based planning efforts.

Site Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Recognized State Ashland, Bayfield D1, D3, D4i, D4vii
Athelstane Barrens Recognized State Marinette D1, D3, D4i
Avon Bottoms Recognized State Rock D1, D3, D4vii
Badger Army Ammunition Plant Identified State
Baraboo Hills Recognized State Columbia, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D5
Bear Bluff Peatlands Recognized State Jackson, Juneau, Wood D1, D3, D4iv, D4vi
Bear Lake Sedge Meadow Recognized State Barron D1, D3
Bibon Swamp Recognized State Bayfield D1, D3
Big Muskego Lake Recognized State
Blue Hills Recognized State Barron, Rusk, Sawyer D1
Bogus Muskeg-Kelly Lynn Bog Recognized State Langlade D1, D3
Bootjack Muskeg Recognized State Oneida, Price D3
Brule Glacial Spillway Recognized State Douglas D1, D3
Buena Vista-Leola State Wildlife Areas Recognized State Adams, Portage D1, D3, D5
Camp Nine Pines Recognized State Bayfield D1, D3
Cedarburg Bog Recognized State Ozaukee D1, D3, D4vii, D5
Central Northern Highlands Recognized State Oneida, Vilas D1, D3, D4i, D4iv
Cleveland Lakeshore Migration Corridor Recognized State Manitowoc, Sheboygan D4ii, D4iv, D4vi
Comstock-Germania Bog Recognized State Marquette D1, D3, D4iv
Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area Recognized Global Burnett D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi


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