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Threatened and Endangered Species



Wisconsin has 19 Federally listed endangered, threatened, or candidate species including the gray wolf, whooping crane, Karner blue butterfly, Hine's emerald dragonfly, and the Kirtland warbler. Species that are State listed endangered or threatened include the great egret, American white pelican, and peregrine falcon. For more information about these and other rare and declining species in Wisconsin, refer to the website at

Species Group
Species Protected
Fed Status
State Status
Total Amount Expended
Mammal Wolf, Gray
Bird Warbler, Kirtland's
Bird Egret, Great
Bird Pelican, American White
BIrd Falcon, Peregrine
Total Species 5 Total

F/E - Federal Endangered
S/E - State Endangered
S/T - State Threatened

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The Kirtland's warbler is a songbird that nests in young jack pine stands. Until 1995, Kirtland's warblers had only been known to nest in the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Today, they also nest in the Upper Peninsula and have been observed in Wisconsin and Canada since 2007. They migrate from their nesting grounds to the southeastern coast of the United States on their way to wintering grounds in the Bahamas.

Wildlife Services wildlife biologists are partnering with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to trap brown-headed cowbirds from Kirtland's Warbler nesting sites. Brown-headed cowbirds have significantly impacted Kirkland's warbler nesting success by invading nests, replacing warbler eggs with cowbird eggs, and leaving Kirkland's to raise cowbirds. The trapping program has been a key component to at least 19 Kirkland's successfully leaving the nest this year.

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