We operate five bird banding stations during the spring and summer, following MAPS protocols (Measuring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) and joining a network of banding stations coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations. This protocol ensures that safe and ethical practices will be followed to minimize stress to the birds. USGS Bird Banding Laboratory permit #24298.
The Baraboo Hills provide habitat for a unique assemblage of species, including birds which depend on interior forest habitat, birds along the southern edge of their range, and birds with northward expanding ranges that are relatively new to southern Wisconsin. Interior forest habitat, free of sharp edges, housing development, and roads, is rare in the Midwest. Through the dedication of generations of conservationists, we are able to study bird ecology within several thousand acres of connected protected areas.
Read our 2022 banding season update here.