You’ve sung “Auld Lang Syne” and toasted the New Year. Now it’s time to renew your community’s Bird City status. Renewals for 2023 are due by January 31, 2023.
As every year, the renewal process can be completed electronically, on our website. To get started, log in using your email and password, click on APPLY/RENEW, and read the instructions. The renewal fee is $175, unchanged from last year. You can pay online with a credit card or mail us a check.
Some tips to keep in mind:
Form a team: Bird City Wisconsin is all about community action, not the efforts of a single person. If responsibility for preparing and submitting your community’s renewal is shouldered by one hard-working, long-suffering soul, we urge you to re-assemble the team that was involved with your community's application/renewal process (or create a new one) and divvy up the work. Many hands really do make light work.
Notes: Suggestions for improving your 2022 renewal application were emailed to you. Please use them!
Do more: If your community did the same things in 2022 that it did in 2021, that’s fine, but keep in mind that being a Bird City is intended to be an ongoing process. Your community should take new bird-friendly actions, satisfying additional recognition criteria, each year.
Resolution: We require all Bird Cities to submit a resolution celebrating World Migratory Bird Day every two years, but truly, what’s best for birds is for you to submit one every year. If you need a sample resolution to get you started, let us know! We’d be happy to send one.
World, not International: And speaking of resolutions, please note that International Migratory Bird Day became World Migratory Bird Day in 2017. In your resolution, your application, and all other materials, the phrase “International Migratory Bird Day” should be “World Migratory Bird Day” and the abbreviation "IMBD," if you use it, should be "WMBD."
Questions: If you have questions or need help, write to us. We’d be happy to help.
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.