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Evaluating Wisconsin's Bird Conservation Areas


February 2012 - September 2019


The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) has created a Strategic Grasslands Implementation plan to use Grassland Bird Conservation Areas in focal grassland landscapes to step down regional Joint Venture population and habitat goals. The distribution of public lands and identification of Bird Conservation Areas (BCA) on the landscape has created an opportunity to evaluate and refine state management actions. Restoring and protecting BCAs is especially difficult in Wisconsin because most of the existing grassland bird habitat is on private land. The objective of this project is to design and implement an evaluation program for the WBCI strategic grassland implementation plan. This evaluation plan will test assumptions behind BCAs and allow for tracking of bird populations and habitat work within BCAs and focal landscapes.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 6

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 29

Presentations: 68



Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Science Services


Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wisconsin
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources