Northern Wisconsin Bird-Banding Research Results
Birds Without Borders - Aves Sin Fronteras®

Northern Wisconsin: The Land O' Lakes site consists of a regenerating clear-cut area dominated by raspberry and young sugar maple. It’s also home to diverse habitats such as a coniferous bog forest, upland hardwood, mixed hardwood/conifer forest, a sedge meadow adjacent to Spring Creek, and a vernal pond.

Spring and fall migration monitoring at the Land O' Lakes banding station was conducted from 1998 through 2000. Breeding season bird banding was conducted in 2000. From 1998 through 2000, we banded 1,889 birds of 69 species at the Land O’ Lakes study site.

Birds Without Borders - Aves Sin Fronteras® staff members have presented results of the project research at scientific meetings and also published papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. You can read and download PDFs of publications (full-text) and presentations (abstracts). Click here to link to the Presentations and Publications list.

We have summarized our Wisconsin research results and produced a manual of recommendations for landowners on how they can manage their land to benefit birds. You can download this manual free of charge from the Zoological Society’s Web site by clicking here.

Listed below are the bird species banded at the Land O’ Lakes study site and their migration status in Wisconsin.

Migration status*:

R = Resident, present year-round in Wisconsin
S = Short-distance migrant, winters in the southern U.S. and/or northern Mexico.
N = Neotropical migrant, winters south of the Tropic of Cancer.

Species name Migration status*
Sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) S
American woodcock (Scolopax minor) S
Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) N
Barred owl (Strix varia) R
Northern saw-whet owl (Aegolius acadicus) S
Yellow-bellied sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) S/N
Downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) R
Hairy woodpecker (Picoides villosus) R
Yellow-bellied flycatcher (Empidonax flaviventris) N
Traill's flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum/traillii) N
Least flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) N
Blue-headed vireo (Vireo solitarius) S/N
Philadelphia vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) N
Red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus) N
Gray jay (Perisoreus canadensis) R
Blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) R/S
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) R
Red-breasted nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) R/S
White-breasted nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) R
Brown creeper (Certhia americana) S
Winter wren (Troglodytes troglodytes) S
Golden-crowned kinglet (Regulus satrapa) S
Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula) S/N
Veery (Catharus fuscescens) N
Gray-cheeked thrush (Catharus minimus) N
Swainson's thrush (Catharus ustulatus) N
Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) S/N
Wood thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) N
American robin (Turdus migratorius) S
Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) S/N
Cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) S
Tennessee warbler (Vermivora peregrina) N
Orange-crowned warbler (Vermivora celata) S/N
Nashville warbler (Vermivora ruficapilla) S/N
Northern parula (Parula americana) S/N
Chestnut-sided warbler (Dendroica pensylvanica) N
Magnolia warbler (Dendroica magnolia) N
Cape May warbler (Dendroica tigrina) N
Black-throated blue warbler (Dendroica caerulescens) N
Yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata) S
Black-throated green warbler (Dendroica virens) S/N
Blackburnian warbler (Dendroica fusca) N
Palm warbler (Dendroica palmarum) S/N
Bay-breasted warbler (Dendroica castanea) N
Blackpoll warbler (Dendroica striata) N
Black-and-white warbler (Mniotilta varia) S/N
American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) S/N
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) S/N
Northern waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis) N
Mourning warbler (Oporornis philadelphia) N
Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) S/N
Wilson's warbler (Wilsonia pusilla) N
Canada warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) N
Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) N
American tree sparrow (Spizella arborea) S
Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) S
Savannah sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) S
Fox sparrow (Passerella iliaca) S
Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) S
Lincoln's sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) S/N
Swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) S
White-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) S
White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) S
Dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) S
Rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) N
Indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea) N
Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus) R/S
American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) R/S
Evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) S
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