Bird City Wisconsin Info
Superior was again recognized as a Bird City for 2016 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.
Superior International Migratory Bird Day was celebrated with a Program on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The day started with an 8 a.m. birding hike on Wisconsin Point with Robbye Johnson, followed by a "Wildlife Ecology & Management" presentation with Chris Cold at the Richard I.Bong Veterans Historical Center Theater. Mr. Cold's presentation included live birds!
Criteria for Local Governments to be Recognized as a "Bird City"
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.
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
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/
Bird and Bird Conservation - Wisconsin DNR: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/outdoorrecreation/activities/birding.html
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A female Common Eider has taken up residence with a fleet of Mallard ducks at the Barker's Island causeway (under the bridge). This is the first time this bird has been spotted in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. It has been in the area since 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 accompanied by another female Common Eider, but that bird has not been seen since December. She has been obliging to birders and photographers, from 10-20 feet away. Here is a photo of the bird, taken by Robbye Johnson.
The annual Christmas Bird Count was held on January 2, 2016. A Gyrfalcon was sighted on Connor's Point. Photo courtesy of Robbye Johnson