Birds that are commonly seen along shorelines in Door and Kewaunee Counties are declining in numbers along with other species in Wisconsin. The job of finding the cause and reversing those declines is the mission of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative. The Department of Natural Resources program started about 15-years ago to help develop more bird-friendly practices. Those include improving native vegetation to attract more insects, which are vital food sources for birds. DNR Section Chief Craig Thompson says without such practices bird populations that are well-known in Wisconsin will continue to drop.
Also at risk are wild bird species that dwell in the remaining plains areas of Wisconsin and migratory birds that summer in Wisconsin and head to tropical areas in the winter.