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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 Namesort descending Status Priority Counties IBA Criteria
Deerskin River Recognized State Vilas D1, D3
Door-Kewaunee Lakeshore Migration Corridor Identified State
Dunbar Barrens Recognized State Marinette D1, D3
Fish Lake Wetlands and Barrens Recognized State Burnett D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Flambeau Headwaters Recognized State Iron, Price, Vilas D1, D3
Fort McCoy-Robinson Creek Barrens Recognized State Jackson, Monroe D1, D3
George W. Mead Wildlife Area Recognized State Marathon, Portage, Wood D1, D3, D4ii, D4v
Governor Dodge State Park Recognized State Iowa D1
Grand River Marsh-Grassland Recognized State Green Lake, Marquette D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v, D4vii
Greater Lake Koshkonong Recognized State Jefferson, Rock D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv
Green Bay West Shore Wetlands Recognized State Brown, Marinette, Oconto D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv
Harrington Beach Lakeshore Migration Corridor Recognized State Ozaukee D4ii, D4iv, D4vi, D4vii
Headwaters Wilderness Recognized State Forest, Oneida D1, D3
Horicon Marsh Recognized State Dodge, Fond Du Lac D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
Kakagon-Bad River Wetlands & Forest Corridor Recognized State Ashland D1, D3, D4ii, D4vi, D4vii
Kickapoo Valley Reserve-Wildcat Mountain Recognized State Monroe, Vernon D1, D3, D4vi
Lauterman Lake Recognized State Florence D1
Leopold Reserve-Pine Island Recognized State Columbia, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D5
Lincoln County Muskegs Recognized State Lincoln D1, D3, D4i
Lower Chequamegon Bay Recognized State Ashland, Bayfield D1, D4iv, D4v, D4vi


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