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Wisconsin IBA Contact

Yoyi Steele

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 Name Statussort descending Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Badger Army Ammunition Plant Identified State
Door-Kewaunee Lakeshore Migration Corridor Identified State
Milwaukee-Racine Lakeshore Migration Corridor Identified State
Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area Recognized Global Burnett D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iii, D4v, D4vi
St. Croix River Recognized State Pierce, Polk, St. Croix D1, D3, D4iv, D4vii
Lower Chippewa River Recognized State Buffalo, Dunn, Pepin D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv
Upper Mississippi/Trempealeau NF&W Refuges Recognized State Buffalo, Crawford, Grant, La Crosse, Pepin, Pierce, Trempealeau, Vernon D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Van Loon Bottoms Recognized State La Crosse, Trempealeau D1, D3, D4iv
Fort McCoy-Robinson Creek Barrens Recognized State Jackson, Monroe D1, D3
Kickapoo Valley Reserve-Wildcat Mountain Recognized State Monroe, Vernon D1, D3, D4vi
Rush Creek Forest-Prairie Recognized State Crawford, Vernon D1, D3, D4vi
Baraboo Hills Recognized State Columbia, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D5
Lower Wisconsin River Recognized State Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4vi, D4vii
Lower Kickapoo River Recognized State Crawford D1, D3
Wyalusing to Nelson Dewey Recognized State Grant D1, D3, D4vi
Military Ridge-York Prairie Recognized State Dane, Green, Iowa D1, D3
Governor Dodge State Park Recognized State Iowa D1
UW-Madison Lakeshore Nature Preserve Recognized State Dane D4iv, D4vii, D5
Northern Empire Prairie Wetlands Recognized State Columbia, Dane D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Leopold Reserve-Pine Island Recognized State Columbia, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D5


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