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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. 


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Because we suspect that even representatives of the 15 inaugural communities recognized by Bird City Wisconsin in 2010 may not know the history of the organization they helped to launch more than a decade ago, this newsletter takes a look back, recalling how the program got its start.

In this issue, we share happy news from the Algoma Bird City Committee about a new children's book that was specially written to help the city celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, and we pass along resources from the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group for chimney sweeps and masons that will benefit Chimney Swifts. Also in this issue: a reminder that it may be time for your community to update its street signs.  

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In this newsletter, we report on a troubling legal challenge to Madison's bird-friendly building ordinance, and we celebrate the City of Jefferson, which became a Bird City in 2021. Also in this issue: news about the six Wisconsin communities that were awarded small grants from Bird City Wisconsin in 2021, and an update on the mysterious mortality event that struck birds in eastern states this spring. 

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In this newsletter, we congratulate the six recipients of our 2021 small grants, and we celebrate the City of Wauwatosa, which became a Bird City in 2020 but had to put off a public in-person award ceremony on account of the pandemic. Also in this issue: news about Janesville, a Bird City since 2013, which was featured on a recent episode of the long-running TV program Discover Wisconsin.

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In this newsletter, we list the Wisconsin communities that have successfully completed their 2021 renewals, and we describe what the cities of Fond du Lac and Sheboygan accomplished with the small grants they were awarded in 2020. They were two of six Bird Cities that received inaugural small grants from us last year. We also report on a proposal to allow Stevens Point residents to opt out of mowing their lawns in May, and we explain how to tell if your community's Bird City street signs need updating.