Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Wildlife
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Wildlife History


Three neotropical birds: Magnolia warbler, Wilson's warbler, Canada warbler that were caught in a mist net for banding.

The WCWRU was established in 1972 to facilitate cooperation between the partners and to conduct programs of research and education related to natural resource management, with a focus on wildlife. The first Unit Leader was Donald Rusch. Christine Ribic was the first Assistant Unit Leader in 1994 and became Unit Leader in 2000. Michael Samuel became Assistant Unit Leader in 2003.

The Wisconsin Unit logo represents the Wisconsin research foci of the three Unit scientists. Canada Goose for Don Rusch, Eastern Meadowlark and badger (grassland ecosystem) for Christine Ribic, and white-tailed deer (Chronic Wasting Disease) for Michael Samuel.


Name Position Start Year End Year
Ribic, Christine Unit Leader 1990 Current
Samuel, Michael Assistant Unit Leader 2003 2018