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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
Lower Chippewa River Recognized State Buffalo, Dunn, Pepin D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv
Lower Green Bay Islands-Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary Recognized State Brown D1, D4iv, D4vi, D4vii, D5
Lower Kickapoo River Recognized State Crawford D1, D3
Lower Peshtigo River Recognized State Marinette D1, D3
Lower Wisconsin River Recognized State Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Sauk D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4vi, D4vii
Lower Wolf River Bottoms Recognized State Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Winnebago D1, D3, D4ii, D4v, D4vi
Lunch Creek Sedge Meadow Recognized State Waushara D1, D3, D4iv
Manitowish Peatlands Recognized State Iron, Vilas D1, D3, D4iv
McCaslin Brook Recognized State Forest, Langlade, Oconto D1
Menominee Forest Recognized State Langlade, Menominee, Oconto D1, D3
Military Ridge-York Prairie Recognized State Dane, Green, Iowa D1, D3
Milwaukee-Racine Lakeshore Migration Corridor Identified State
Mink River Estuary-Newport State Park Recognized State Door D1, D3
Moose Junction Peatlands Recognized State Douglas D1, D3
Moose Lake Old-Growth Forest-Muskeg Recognized State Iron D1, D3
Moquah Barrens Recognized State Bayfield D1, D3
Namekagon-Solon Springs Barrens Recognized State Burnett, Douglas, Washburn D1, D3
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Recognized State Juneau D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv, D4v
North Kettle Moraine State Forest Recognized State Fond Du Lac, Sheboygan, Washington D1, D3, D4vii
Northern Empire Prairie Wetlands Recognized State Columbia, Dane D1, D3, D4i, D4ii, D4iv

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