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 a 6,000 acre forest preserve.
Monitoring bird populations gives us a window into the health of ecosystems. By collecting long-term data on species from several trophic levels, we hope to arrive at a more detailed understanding of the elements that make up high-quality habitat.
We operate five 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.
For more information regarding bird research, or to visit our banding sites, check out our Contact page.