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1 Wisconsin’s Wildlife Action Plan and Citizen-Based Monitoring Tara L.E. Bergeson Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Coordinator Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

2 SUCCESS = Vision + Action © Loren Ayers Quincy Bluff © Loren Ayers

3 Required to remain eligible for federal funding through State Wildlife Grants Set priorities and provide guidance for future conservation work Wood Turtle © A.B. Sheldon Why a Wildlife Action Plan?

4 which native wildlife species are most at risk, what habitats they are associated with, where they occur across the state, and priority conservation actions to help “get them off and keep them off” any Endangered/Threatened species lists in the future.

5 Species of Greatest Conservation Need Birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates All state threatened and endangered species Species that fall through the cracks….. – in Wisconsin or adjacent states –specific threats to habitat –status unknown, but thought vulnerable Cerulean Warbler © Dennis Malueg

6 Protection of SGCN and their Habitats SGCN – threats – conservation actions Natural Communities (e.g. boreal forest, dry prairie, ephemeral pond) Ecological Landscapes – land classification system – 16 ecological landscapes in Wisconsin

7 Protection of SGCN and their Habitats

8 Ultimate Question: Are we keeping species off the Endangered or Threatened list?

9 Species, Natural Communities, and Effectiveness of Conservation Actions Monitoring and the Wildlife Action Plan

10 Citizen-Based Monitoring for the Wildlife Action Plan DNR’s Role: Identify appropriate opportunities for citizens, Provide support (training, funding), and Ensure that data are scientifically sound so they will be used.

11 Opportunities for Citizen-Based Monitoring for the WAP Information gaps for species & habitats Specific threats to a species’ habitat Property-based monitoring

12 Importance of Citizen-Based Monitoring

13 Wisconsin NatureMapping WI Breeding Bird Atlas Christmas Bird Count Wisconsin e-Bird Wisconsin Frog and Toad Survey Wisconsin Odonate Survey Citizen-Based Monitoring Programs Great Lakes Worm Watch Clean Boats Clean Waters Self-help Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Water Action Volunteers Winter Track Count

14 Support for Citizen-Based Monitoring State Wildlife Grants Water Monitoring Strategy Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program

15 SUCCESS = Vision + Action © Loren Ayers Quincy Bluff © Loren Ayers

16 Wildlife Action Plan Website: Wildlife Action Plan Implementation Coordinator Tara Bergeson Regional Ecologists West Central Region – LaCrosse Armund Bartz Northern Regional Ecologist – Spooner Ted Gostomski Southeast Regional Ecologist – Milwaukee Owen Boyle South Central Regional Ecologist – Fitchburg Vacancy Northeast Regional Ecologist – Green Bay Vacancy


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