Bird City Wisconsin Info
Superior was again recognized as a Bird City for 2019 with a "Sustained Flight Award" for implementing sound practices and fostering public education on important bird conservation issues. The city became a Bird City in 2013.
About Bird City
Bird City Wisconsin, a program of the Milwaukee Audubon Society, was created in 2009 and began recognizing communities the following year. The program recognizes municipalities for the conservation and education activities that they undertake to make their communities healthy for birds… and people.
To be recognized as a Bird City, a community must meet criteria spread across six categories: habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting threats to birds, education, energy and sustainability, and the official recognition and celebration of World Migratory Bird Day.
Participating in Bird City Wisconsin results in:
- Improved habitat conditions for breeding and migrating birds
- Sound management of urban forests
- Reduced hazards for birds
- Improved public understanding and appreciation of birds and their needs
- Broad recognition of International Migratory Bird Day and the annual life-cycle of neo-tropical migrant birds
- Active and coordinated engagement in conservation activities by organizations, individuals, schools, local government, and businesses
- A strong sense of community pride in its conservation accomplishments and ethic.
Our 2019 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration was held on Saturday, June 8 and included a birding hike through the Bluff Creek Nature Preserve with local birders Robbye Johnson and Jane Anklam. After the birding hike, attendees settled in at Lake Superior Elementary School for light snacks and refreshments and enjoyed a presentation by Anklam, Conservation Manager with Landmark Conservancy. The topic of the presentation was "Why ARE Migratory Birds Attracted To Our Local Stopover Habitat?"
Public Education Links regarding creating and enhancing backyard habitats for birds
One important item is public education related to creating and enhancing backyard habitats for birds. The following are links to sites with important information about creating backyard habitats and protecting birds from window strikes and cats.
- Preventing window strikes: http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/Protecting/PreventingWindowStrikes.htm
- Protecting birds from cats: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html
- Creating bird friendly communities: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/creating-bird-friendly-communities
- Creating a bird friendly yard with native Wisconsin plants: https://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/BeyondBirdFeederBookletFINAL.compressed.pdf
- Attracting birds , tips from the National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/wildlife/attracting-birds.aspx
- All About Birds by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/attracting/feeding/
- Birding and Bird Conservation - Wisconsin DNR: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/outdoorrecreation/activities/birding.html
- Visit Bird City Wisconsin for more information.
A female Common Eider took up residence with a fleet of Mallard ducks at the Barker's Island causeway (under the bridge) in 2015. This is the first time this bird has been spotted in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. It arrived in the area after a powerful storm in November and had been in Canal Park in Duluth, MN. However that area froze over and the bird made the jump to Wisconsin. She was obliging to birders and photographers, from 10-20 feet away. Here is a photo of the bird, taken by Robbye Johnson.
During the annual Christmas Bird Count on January 2, 2016, a Gyrfalcon was sighted on Connor's Point. Photo courtesy of Robbye Johnson
Below are some photos from our 2019 Celebration!