Wings to Wisconsin




As millions of brightly colored birds begin to make their way to Wisconsin from the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica this month, we’re joining Madison Audubon Society and Osa Conservation to ask elementary school students to join us in welcoming the birds back! If you want to help, write a postcard to a specific migratory species (see the list of 55 Wisconsin breeding birds that scientists have documented on the Osa Peninsula), welcoming it back to the state and explaining the type of habitat Wisconsin has that the birds need. Describe what you, your family or your classroom is doing to help care for that habitat. We’d love to see your artwork, too, on the front of the postcard! Be sure to include your full name, your city, the name of your school, your age and your grade level. We’ll be sharing your postcards on our websites and social media.

Postcards must be postmarked by Friday, May 29 and mailed to:

Lindsay Renick Mayer
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 2317
Madison, WI  53701

Or scanned and e-mailed to [email protected].

Download a postcard template by clicking this image and saving the PDF:

Wings2Wisconsin postcard

Questions? E-mail Lindsay Renick Mayer at [email protected].

About the Osa Peninsula
The Osa peninsula is home to the last remaining old-growth rain forest on the west coast of Central America. Enormous trees, some more than 1,000 years old, provide critical habitat for hundreds of species of birds, including 55 species that breed in Wisconsin, 18 of which are state conservation priorities.


map of Costa Rica

Each spring, millions of birds return to Wisconsin from distant winter haunts. Hungry and tired from thousands of miles of travel, our birds can count on Wisconsin to provide the habitat they need. We can all help!

Wisconsin’s breeding bird species documented on the Osa Peninsula


Blue-winged teal: Conservation priority
Northern harrier: Conservation priority
Sharp-shinned hawk
Cooper’s hawk
Broad-winged hawk
Peregrine falcon (endangered): Conservation priority
Spotted sandpiper
Black-billed cuckoo: Conservation priority
Yellow-billed cuckoo: Conservation priority
Common nighthawk
Whip-poor-will: Conservation priority
Olive-sided flycatcher: Conservation priority
Eastern wood-pewee
Acadian flycatcher (threatened): Conservation priority
Willow flycatcher: Conservation priority
Yellow-bellied flycatcher
Least flycatcher: Conservation priority
Great crested flycatcher
Eastern kingbird
Philadelphia vireo
Yellow-throated vireo
Red-eyed vireo
Northern rough-winged swallow
Cliff swallow
Barn swallow
Swainson’s thrush
Wood thrush: Conservation priority
Gray catbird
Cedar waxwing
Golden-winged warbler: Conservation priority
Tennessee warbler
Yellow warbler
Magnolia warbler
Chestnut-sided warbler
Prairie warbler
Black-and-white warbler
American redstart
Prothonotary warbler: Conservation priority
Northern waterthrush
Louisiana waterthrush: Conservation priority
Kentucky warbler (threatened): Conservation priority
Mourning warbler
Connecticut warbler: Conservation priority
Common yellowthroat
Hooded warbler (threatened): Conservation priority
Canada warbler: Conservation priority
Wilson’s warbler
Yellow-breasted chat
Scarlet tanager
Orchard oriole
Baltimore oriole

Photos: Scarlet tanager (Photo by Kelly Colgan Azar, via Flickr), Baltimore oriole (Photo by Kelly Colgan Azar, via Flickr), Cooper’s hawk (Photo by Peter Miller via Flickr), Prothonotary warbler (Photo by Dave Inman, via Flickr), Gray catbird (Photo by Chad Horwedel, via Flickr)

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