Bird City Wisconsin has announced three important changes that all partners and member communities need to know about.
Change no. 1: New fiscal sponsor
The first change is that Bird City has a new fiscal sponsor. The Board of Directors of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, Inc., voted unanimously on October 19, 2018, to assume fiscal sponsorship. The Observatory takes over from the Milwaukee Audubon Society, which served as Bird City’s fiscal sponsor since 2009, when the society was awarded the TogetherGreen planning grant that launched the successful program.
The transition brings to fruition the long-time dream of the late founder of the Observatory, Dr. Noel J. Cutright, who saw the institution as a potential successor to Milwaukee Audubon as Bird City’s home base. “We believe strongly that this is a positive development for all involved and a growth opportunity for both Bird City and the Observatory, in that it closely aligns two organizations with a fundamental commitment to aggressive conservation action on behalf of the birds we love,” said Carl Schwartz, Chair of the Bird City Steering Committee and a member of the Observatory Board.
Change no. 2: New mailing address
The second change is that Bird City has a new mailing address. Mail intended for the program should no longer be sent to 1111 E. Brown Deer Road in Bayside. Rather, it should be sent to this address:
Bird City Wisconsin
4230 N. Oakland Ave., #219
Shorewood, WI 53211
The new mailing address can also be seen in the brown band at the bottom of each page of this website. A new mailing address became necessary recently after officials at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside reclaimed office space that had been provided to Milwaukee Audubon and had been used as Bird City’s headquarters and for storage.
Change no. 3: New payee
The third change is that communities and partners who send checks to Bird City Wisconsin should no longer write them to Milwaukee Audubon. Effective immediately, checks should instead be written to “Bird City Wisconsin.”
No other changes were made to the program’s daily operations, said Chuck Hagner, Director of Bird City Wisconsin and Chair of the Observatory Board. Member communities and partners will be able to conduct business as before. “Our great thanks go to Milwaukee Audubon Society, and especially to Andrew Struck, for the foundational support that made Bird City possible and helped it grow into a national force in bird conservation,” said Hagner.
Struck served as president of Milwaukee Audubon until November 10, 2018. He is Director of Planning and Parks for Ozaukee County, one of the inaugural Bird City communities. He served for five years as Chair of the Bird City Steering Committee and nine years as its treasurer. He will remain on the Steering Committee as a municipal representative.
About the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory: The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory is an independent a 501(c)(3) organization. It was founded in 2010 to conduct coordinated research, monitoring, and education that advances the conservation of birds and bats in Wisconsin and throughout the Western Great Lakes Region. The Observatory’s headquarters is at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, located near the Lake Michigan shore between Belgium and Port Washington in Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin.