Bird monitoring has a long and rich history in
Wisconsin, in many cases relying heavily on contributions by
volunteer birders dedicating their time and skills to the greater cause of bird conservation. Large-scale,
long-term, and citizen-based surveys such as the federal Breeding Bird Survey, Christmas Bird Counts, and
others are among the best datasets we have today for assessing the population status of many bird species
and sparking the actions required to preserve and restore them.
The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI)
recognizes the need for sound bird monitoring programs,
and recently its Research and Monitoring Committee identified several key bird groups whose populations
previously were not adequately monitored in the state. To fill these gaps and help identify species at risk,
three new statewide surveys that focus on owls, nightjars, and secretive marshbirds were initiated in the past
Visit the specific survey pages below to learn more.
These pages provide overviews for each survey and allow
interested volunteers to learn what it takes
to participate, find survey routes in their area, and download the maps, instructions, and datasheets required
to complete each survey.
Making your birding count toward bird conservation has never been easier!