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There's Just One Month Left to Renew for 2021!

January 31 Bird City Wisconsin Renewal Deadline

Season’s greetings from Bird City Wisconsin! As you ring in the New Year, keep in mind that 2021 renewals are due by Jan. 31.

The entire renewal process can be completed electronically, on the Bird City Wisconsin website. Just log in and then click on “APPLY/RENEW” for detailed instructions and to get started. The renewal fee is $125.

Unlike in previous years, we will not penalize communities that were unable to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in 2020. We recognize that public health restrictions may have kept you from holding outdoor events or other gatherings this year. In your application, please describe events that you had planned but were unable to do; tell us about events that you held virtually (please include links); and, most important, tell us what you’re planning for World Migratory Bird Day in 2021.

Remember, renewing is how your community can be recognized publicly for the steps it has taken to be friendly to birds and healthy for people. It’s also a great way to let the world know that your hometown is a desirable place to work, live, take a vacation, and do some bird watching, and it signals that you want to be counted in Bird City’s statewide network of conservation advocates.

 

Read more:

Go to the apply and renew page.

View our recognition criteria.

See a list of all Bird Cities.

 

Support Bird City Wisconsin!

Bird City Wisconsin

Bird City Wisconsin may be a small organization, but it has an out-sized impact. Every year, our communities take more than 1,200 conservation and education actions that make Wisconsin a better place to live -- for us and for birds.

We rely on application and annual renewal fees and much-appreciated occasional grants to cover the salary of our part-time director, the purchase of the street signs, flags, and plaques that we award to our recognized communities, the costs of our website, and postage and other administrative costs, not to mention the expenses of our successful small-grants program.

Donate to Bird City Wisconsin

We want to expand our impact around the state, but we need your help to do so. Please donate. Your support will help us recognize more Wisconsin communities, educate more residents, protect more habitat, and remove more threats to birds.

Donating is easy. Simply use a credit card on our donate page or mail a check written to “Bird City Wisconsin” to us at 4230 N. Oakland Ave., No. 219, Shorewood, WI 53211. (Our address is also at the bottom of every page of this website.)

Bird City Wisconsin is a program of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization organized and existing under the laws of Wisconsin (wglbbo.org, tax ID 82-2924873).

 

Read more:

The mission and rationale of Bird City Wisconsin

 

Bird City Kicks Off Second Year of Small Grants

Bird City Wisconsin Small Grants

Great news! Bird City Wisconsin will again award small grants to Bird City communities in 2021.

In 2020, the first year of our grant program, we awarded grants to projects to six Bird City communities: Bayfield, Fond du Lac, Madison, Ozaukee County, Sheboygan, and Wausau.

The 2021 program aims to capitalize on the momentum gained in 2020 by once again providing a helping hand to Bird City communities that need a modest funding boost to launch or complete a project that benefits birds. Grants will be awarded in three categories:

  • Creating and protecting bird habitat
  • Educating residents about interactions between birds and people
  • Protecting birds by reducing such threats as window collisions and outdoor cats

We’ll award grants totaling $500 in each of these three categories. More than one grant may be awarded in each category, and if multiple grants are awarded, the total amount awarded in that category will be $500. The grants are intended to support work that will be performed in 2021. Grants will be awarded only to Bird City communities that have completed their renewal for 2021.

How to apply: Submit a Word document no more than two pages or 500 words long containing the following:

  • Title and category: Provide the title of your project and its category (Habitat Creation and Protection, Education, or Bird Protection).
  • Description: Tell us how the project will create and protect habitat, educate your residents, or protect birds, and estimate its total cost.
  • Expected impact: For a habitat project, tell us the size of the habit to be created or protected, its type and location, its ecological significance, and the birds and other wildlife that will benefit. For an education project, describe your target audience and the number of people you expect to educate. For a bird-protection project, tell us the nature of the threat, its scope, and the birds at risk.
  • Project timeframe: Give the dates in 2021 on which your project will begin and end.
  • Leaders: Provide names, titles, and contact information for your project’s leader or leaders.
  • Funding: Finally, list other sources of funding, if any.

Apply by email: Submit your application as an attachment to an email to . Please use the following subject line: “Grant Application: [Insert Bird City Community name]”

Application deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2021. Applications received after that date will not be considered.

Members of the Bird City board of directors will evaluate applications and award grants based on the urgency of the project, its potential impact, a community’s ability to complete it, the need for funding, and the number of applications received. We’ll announce the winners in May 2021.

Report: Grantees agree to submit, no later than Nov. 1, 2021, a Word document no more than two pages or 500 words long describing the completed project and comparing actual results to what was described in the application, along with three publishable photos taken during the project.

Questions? Write to . We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Read more:

Bird City Grant Helps Install Nest Boxes in Ozaukee County

Bird City Grant Helps Restore Prairie along Starkweather Creek in Madison

Bird City Grant Enhances Access to Big Ravine Preserve in Bayfield

Bird City Awards Grants to Six Communities

 

Bird City Grant Helps Install Nest Boxes in Ozaukee County

AmeriCorps Virmond County Park Ozaukee County

In 2020, Bird City Wisconsin awarded small grants to six deserving Bird City communities: Bayfield, Fond du Lac, Madison, Ozaukee County, Sheboygan, and Wausau. Here’s what the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department accomplished with its award.

Kristina Kroening, a program assistant in Planning and Parks’ Ecological Division, reports that the department had already restored 49 acres of old-field/invasive species to warm-season native prairie at Tendick Nature County Park and Virmond County Park, and that it had installed 10 nest boxes for Eastern Bluebirds/Tree Swallows in the restored prairie at Tendick Nature County Park in 2017, creating a bluebird trail.

This year’s grant funding from Bird City Wisconsin supported the department’s activities to purchase and install 11 additional bluebird boxes at Tendick Nature County Park and 9 boxes at Virmond County Park.

“The department worked with two youth conservation corps teams from WisCorps and AmeriCorps NCCC in September and October 2020 to dig holes and install the wooden posts and boxes,” Kroening writes. The 11 team members received training on how to install the boxes and ecologically focused education related to the project.

In addition to providing additional habitat for grassland-dependent cavity-nesting birds, Kroening says, the nest boxes will increase ecology-based learning opportunities for members of the Ozaukee County community who participate in stewardship and educational activities led by the Planning and Parks Department.

“The Department has monitored the successful fledging of many of these cavity-nesting birds under past efforts and plans to continue to work with volunteers to assist in monitoring the boxes in the future.”

Bird City Wisconsin’s small grants are intended to kickstart local projects that help Bird City communities create and protect bird habitat, educate residents about the many positive interactions between birds and people, and reduce threats to birds.

Applications for small grants to be awarded in 2021 will be accepted until March 31, 2021. Read more here. 

 

Read more:

Bird City Kicks Off Second Year of Small Grants

Bird City Grant Helps Restore Prairie along Starkweather Creek in Madison

Bird City Grant Enhances Access to Big Ravine Preserve in Bayfield

Bird City Awards Grants to Six Communities

Read about Ozaukee County, a High Flyer

 

Two Months Left to Renew!

January 31 Renewal Due Date

Thanksgiving and the end of November mean that only two months remain for Bird City communities to submit their 2021 renewals.

As in previous years, the entire renewal process can be completed electronically, on the Bird City Wisconsin website. Just log in and then click on "APPLY/RENEW" for detailed instructions and to get started. The renewal fee is $125.

Unlike in previous years, we will not penalize any community that was unable to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in 2020. We recognize that public health restrictions may have kept you from holding outdoor events or other gatherings this year. In your application, please describe events that you had planned but were unable to do, tell us about events that you held virtually (please include links), and, most important, tell us what you're planning for World Migratory Bird Day in the year to come.

Remember, renewing is how your community can be recognized publicly for the steps it has taken to be friendly to birds and healthy for people. It’s also a great way to let the world know that your hometown is a desirable place to work, live, take a vacation, and do some bird watching, and it signals that you want to be counted in Bird City’s statewide network of conservation advocates. Start work on your renewal today!

Renewals for 2021 are due by January 31.

 

Read more:

How to renew your Bird City status.

Visit our application and renewal page.

See a list or map of Bird City communities.

Contact the director of Bird City Wisconsin.