Bird City Wisconsin
A coalition led by the Milwaukee Audubon Society, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative and the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology wants to ensure that Wisconsin’s city folk maintain healthy populations of birds and grow an appreciation for them. They’re developing a new community recognition program: Bird City Wisconsin, which will be modeled on the successful nationwide program Tree City USA, a community improvement project sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.Bird City Wisconsin applicants show that they:
* protect and manage greenspace.
* landscape with native plants in backyards and parks.
* adopt architecture and lighting systems that reduce collisions.
* make their community hospitable to breeding, wintering, and migrating birds that seek safe places to spend time and find food.
Consider these 12 reasons for becoming a Bird City. Cities can apply for Bird City recognition until Nov. 1, and they can earn three levels of awards.