Making our communities healthy for birds... and people

Bird City Newsletters

Our most recent monthly newsletter is available here, along with past issues. Each issue includes important bird news, updates from Bird City Wisconsin, success stories from communities around the state, and timely reminders about projects and procedures. Click "View" to read online or "Download" to read later. 


Registration is now open for the 2020 Great Wisconsin Birdathon! In this newsletter, we lay out the reasons why every Bird City should participate and why it's not too early to start organizing your team. In addition, view a list of Bird City communities that have either submitted a renewal application or let us know that their application is in the works, as of mid-February. Also, learn another simple step that you can take to help birds: replacing lawns with native plantings.

Holding an annual World Migratory Bird Day event and passing an official resolution recognizing both the day and the importance of birds are the only actions that we require every Bird City community to take. In this newsletter, read about the 2020 theme, take a sneak peek at this year's artwork, and learn how to participate. Also, learn about another simple step you can take to help birds: keeping cats indoors.

New! We are now offering small grants to help Bird City communities launch projects that create bird habitat, educate residents about the interactions between birds and people, and reduce threats to birds. In this newsletter, read more about the program, including how and when to apply, and learn about a simple step you can take to help birds: making windows safer, day and night.

It's time for Bird City communities to start work on annual renewals! In our inaugural newsletter, we describe due dates, fees, how to get started, logging in to the website, and updating narratives. Read also about the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, Milwaukee County's bird-friendly parks, Kirtland's Warblers, and Ruffed Grouse.