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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
Owen-Teal Forest Recognized State Bayfield, Sawyer D1, D3, D4i
Ozaukee Bight Lakeshore Migration Corridor Recognized State Ozaukee D4ii, D4iv, D4vi, D4vii, D5
Paul Olson State Wildlife Area Recognized State Portage, Wood D1, D3
Pecatonica River Prairie Recognized State
Penokee Range Recognized State Iron D1
Perkinstown Hemlock-Hardwood Forest Recognized State Taylor D1, D3
Point Beach State Forest Recognized State Manitowoc D1, D4ii, D4vi, D4vii
Quincy Bluff Recognized State Adams D1, D3, D4iv
Rainbow Flowage and Peatlands Recognized State Oneida D1, D3, D4ii, D4v
Richard Bong State Recreation Area Recognized State Kenosha D1, D3, D4iv, D4vi
Rush Creek Forest-Prairie Recognized State Crawford, Vernon D1, D3, D4vi
Rush Lake Recognized State Winnebago D1, D3, D4ii, D4iv
Seagull Bar Recognized State Marinette D1, D3, D4v
South Kettle Moraine State Forest Recognized State Jefferson, Walworth, Waukesha D1, D3, D4vi, D4vii
South Shore Wetlands Recognized State Bayfield D1, D4iv, D4v, D4vi
Spread Eagle Barrens Recognized State Florence D1, D3
St. Croix River Recognized State Pierce, Polk, St. Croix D1, D3, D4iv, D4vii
St. Peter's Dome-North Country Recognized State Ashland, Bayfield D1, D3
Straight Lake Recognized State Polk D1
Toft Point-Ridges Sanctuary-Mud Lake Recognized State Door D1, D3, D4ii, D4vii

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