Thursday, June 30, 2016

Wisconsin Bird Species Watch List adapted from the State of North America's Birds 2016


The following is a table of Watch List Bird Species occurring in Wisconsin that I adapted from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative's (NABCI) State of North America's Birds 2016. According to the NABCI's study, species were assigned concern scores ranging from 4-20 with 20 being a score of greatest conservation concern and 4 being relatively widespread, secure species. Details on their methodology can be found here

The Watch List is comprised of species with concern scores of 14 or higher, or with a concern score of 13 and a steeply declining population trend. It reflects "the species most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats." 

Specific to this adapted table, I included species I know to have been found in Wisconsin within the last 5 years. The species in bold are those that occur on a regular annual basis in Wisconsin, albeit some are rare regular (small numbers occur annually). That's 40 species seen regularly in Wisconsin at risk of extinction! 

English Name
Scientific Name
Breeding Habitat
Concern Score
Greater Prairie-Chicken
Tympanuchus cupido
Grasslands
16
Ivory Gull
Pagophila eburnea
Coasts
16
Kirtland's Warbler
Setophaga kirtlandii
E. Temp. Forest
16
Whooping Crane
Grus americana
Boreal Forest (Wet)
16
Yellow Rail
Coturnicops noveboracensis
Wetlands
16
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Calidris subruficollis
Tundra (Wet)
15
Cerulean Warbler
Setophaga cerulea
E. Temp. Forest
15
Chestnut-collared Longspur
Calcarius ornatus
Grasslands
15
King Rail
Rallus elegans
Wetlands
15
Lewis's Woodpecker
Melanerpes lewis
W. Temp. Forest
15
Marbled Godwit
Limosa fedoa
Wetlands
15
Piping Plover
Charadrius melodus
Coasts
15
Bobolink
Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Grasslands
14
Canada Warbler
Cardellina canadensis
Boreal Forest
14
Common Eider
Somateria mollissima
Coasts
14
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Antrostomus vociferus
E. Temp. Forest
14
Henslow's Sparrow
Ammodramus henslowii
Grasslands
14
Hudsonian Godwit
Limosa haemastica
Boreal Forest (Wet)
14
Kentucky Warbler
Geothlypis formosa
E. Temp. Forest
14
Little Blue Heron
Egretta caerulea
Wetlands
14
Nelson's Sparrow
Ammodramus nelsoni
Wetlands
14
Prothonotary Warbler
Protonotaria citrea
E. Temp. Forest
14
Rufous Hummingbird
Selasphorus rufus
W. Temp. Forest
14
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Calidris pusilla
Tundra (Wet)
14
Short-billed Dowitcher
Limnodromus griseus
Boreal Forest (Wet)
14
Surf Scoter
Melanitta perspicillata
Boreal Forest (Wet)
14
Willet
Tringa semipalmata
Wetlands
14
Wood Thrush
Hylocichla mustelina
E. Temp. Forest
14
American Black Duck
Anas rubripes
Boreal Forest (Wet)
13
American Woodcock
Scolopax minor
E. Temp. Forest
13
Band-tailed Pigeon
Patagioenas fasciata
W. Temp. Forest
13
Black Scoter
Melanitta americana
Tundra (Wet)
13
Black-billed Cuckoo
Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Boreal Forest
13
Cape May Warbler
Setophaga tigrina
Boreal Forest
13
Connecticut Warbler
Oporornis agilis
Boreal Forest
13
Evening Grosbeak
Coccothraustes vespertinus
Boreal Forest
13
Harris's Sparrow
Zonotrichia querula
Tundra
13
Horned Grebe
Podiceps auritus
Wetlands
13
King Eider
Somateria spectabilis
Tundra (Wet)
13
Lesser Yellowlegs
Tringa flavipes
Boreal Forest (Wet)
13
Long-eared Owl
Asio otus
Forest Generalist
13
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Contopus cooperi
Boreal Forest
13
Pectoral Sandpiper
Calidris melanotos
Tundra (Wet)
13
Prairie Warbler
Setophaga discolor
E. Temp. Forest
13
Red-headed Woodpecker
Melanerpes erythrocephalus
E. Temp. Forest
13
Snowy Owl
Bubo scandiacus
Tundra
13
White-winged Scoter
Melanitta fusca
Boreal Forest (Wet)
13


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