Kirtland’s warbler success continues in Wisconsin
The conservation success began in 2007, the year nesting Kirtland’s warblers were discovered in Wisconsin. It continued the next year, when the Badger State saw the first successful Kirtland’s warbler nest produce fledglings. A decade later, the 2018 nesting season marked the 11th year of Kirtland’s warbler documentation and monitoring in Wisconsin as the population continues to increase and geographically expand. According to the newly available 2018 Wisconsin nesting season report, the first singing male was heard in early May and soon, many more Kirtland’s were observed in Wisconsin’s Kirtland’s range.
2018 Wisconsin Nesting Season Report
WA special plover completes 1,300-mile migration
In the language of the Little Traverse Bay of Odawa Indians, his name is Bimaajii, or “one who moves about.” He’s an endangered Great Lakes piping plover, found in May 2018 on High Island in Lake Michigan by Bill Parsons and Archie Kiogama, wildlife biologists for the Odawa.
Whooping crane eastern population see the best year yet for wild-hatched chicks
Six wild-hatched whooping crane chicks in Wisconsin survived to flight stage in 2018, the most since the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership began restoring a migratory population of the endangered birds in the eastern United States.
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership
Great Lakes piping plovers see a mix of recovery progress
A cold winter and poor fledging season in 2017 brought mixed results for endangered Great Lakes piping plovers in 2018. This year’s breeding population dipped to 67 pairs after several years of hovering around the 75-pair mark. On the plus side, despite fewer pairs, nesting plovers had a successful breeding season. For the second year in a row breeding piping plovers were found on all five Great Lakes, a benchmark reached in 2017 for the first time in 55 years.
A year of rusty patched bumble bee observations - still hope for the species
After a year of new observations for the rusty patched bumble bee, the core range of the species continues to grow. Since this species was listed as endangered in the spring of 2017, we have made new observations, primarily in southwest Minnesota, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. New populations have also been discovered in Iowa and Virginia.
Rusty patched bumble bee
More Higgins eye reintroductions into the Chippewa River
In August, biologists from the Minnesota-Wisconsin Field Office, Regional Office and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted biologists from Genoa National Fish Hatchery in releasing 3,000 Higgins eye pearlymussels in the Chippewa River in Wisconsin -- marking the second year of this exciting effort!
Higgins eye pearlymussels
Second Minnesota Bat Festival shares wonders, dispels myths
The second Minnesota Bat Festival at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge aimed to celebrate the unique role bats play in our world, further visitors’ appreciation and knowledge of bats and explain why bats need our help right now more than ever.
Northern Long-eared Bat