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When an animal appears on the state’s rare and endangered species list, it means that time and protection efforts are critical. But it doesn’t  always mean the situation is dire. Your contributions make an enormous impact, ensuring that Wisconsin’s abundant diversity of wildlife and their habitats are protected.

Currently, more than 400 of Wisconsin’s native animals are considered Species of Greatest Conservation Need. This means that their populations are low in number or at risk, and will continue to decline without our help. We work closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation and other partners to identify and support projects that help protect these threatened wildlife species.

Some of the key wildlife projects we have helped support include:

  • Working with the International Crane Foundation and other partners to support monitoring and recovery of the federally endangered whooping crane.
  • Supporting research of American marten populations – these state endangered mammals are members of the weasel family, and rely on the mature, dense forests of northern Wisconsin as key habitat.
  • Supporting the recovery of the trumpeter swan population, which had been extirpated in the state since 1880; thanks to these efforts, we now have nearly 5,000 individuals in Wisconsin.
  • Supporting key habitat management for the endangered Karner blue butterfly.
  • Providing support for turtle conservation efforts, including putting up turtle crossing signs and protecting nesting sites for threatened wood turtles, and monitoring populations of the endangered ornate box turtle.
  • Supporting the research and monitoring of the greater prairie chicken, threatened by loss of its grassland habitat throughout the state.
  • Supporting research and prevention of white-nose syndrome, monitoring, and education on bats through our Wisconsin Bat Conservation Fund.

You can help protect Wisconsin’s rare and endangered wildlife species:

  • Donate to the Foundation’s Endangered Species Protection Fund.
  • Participate in a wildlife-related Field Trip.
  • Create your own endowment fund to support Wisconsin wildlife, or a species you care most about.
  • Leave a bequest in your will to support the Foundation’s wildlife conservation program.
  • Volunteer on a citizen science project, or become a Wisconsin Master Naturalist.