Species of special concern are species for whom some issue is suspected, either in abundance or distribution, but not yet proven. It’s main purpose is to bring attention to species of concern before they become threatened or endangered

illustration of a lake sturgeon by Virgil Beck
Blanding's Turtle on a log
Wildlife watching at a wetland area is a fun summer time activity.
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Bobolink
This colorful bird is well suited to life in the prairie. Its tan, black and white markings hide it well in the yellow-tan grasses.
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Butler's Gartersnake
The Butler's gartersnake is very hard to tell apart from its cousin, the plains gartersnake.
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Eastern Meadowlark
Hark, it's the meadowlark, atop a fencepost, roadside pole, wire or shrub.
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Evening Grosbeak on a branch
A fairly common winter resident in Wisconsin.
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Four-toed Salamander
The four-toed salamander is called the four-toed salamander because it has four toes on its hind feet.
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Goshawk
These hawks rely on speed and cunning to catch their prey.
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Gray (black) Ratsnake
When looking for snakes, you might not think to look up.
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Mink Frog, Image Credit: Bob Hay
Learn more about the Mink Frog.
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North American (Blue) Racer
This sleek and slender snake is one of North America's fastest snakes.
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The Flying Squirrel
It's small, furry, and "flies" from tree to tree.
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Pickerel Frog
Learn more about the Pickerel Frog.
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Plains Gartersnake
All in all, this is a pretty colorful snake.
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Prairie Ring-necked Snake
Can you guess where this snake gets its name?
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Prairie Skink
Don't you love saying the word, "skink"?
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Six-lined Racerunner
With a name like racerunner, you'd have to be fast. And, as their name suggests, racerunners are very fast.
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Smooth Softshell Turtle
Softshells are easy to recognize by their long, pointed snouts and scuteless top shells (carapaces).
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illustration of lake sturgeon by Virgil Beck
Dinosaur Fish Lurk in Wisconsin Waters
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Gophersnake
What's that hissing sound? Well, it could be a gophersnake.
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Timber Rattlesnake
This species doesn't rank high on many people's favorite animal list.
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American Woodcock aka Timberdoodle
Coming this spring to Wisconsin's woods.
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Whooping Crane
2006 marked the first year that whooping cranes hatched in the wild in the Midwest in over 100 years!
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