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. 

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BIRD CITY WISCONSIN SEPTEMBER 2020
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 08-31-2020

This newsletter includes news of Madison's first-in-the-state bird-friendly building ordinance, adopted in August 2020, and Algoma's designation as an All-America City. In addition, we provide instructions for holding a Swift Night Out and reporting your sightings, and we pass along the seventh and final step we can all take to help birds: watching them and sharing what you see. 

BIRD CITY WISCONSIN JULY 2020
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 07-27-2020

The July 2020 newsletter includes a special appeal to all Bird City Wisconsin communities and their residential and commercial property owners to take an online survey about chimneys that are being used by Chimney Swifts. In addition, we explain why drinking Birds & Beans bird-friendly coffee is good for both birds and Bird City Wisconsin, and we pass along another simple step we can all take to help birds: protecting our planet from plastics.

BIRD CITY WISCONSIN JUNE 2020
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 06-17-2020

We've announced the recipients of our first small grants. In this newsletter, we name the six communities that we're proud to support and describe their projects. In addition, we report on Forest Health and Resilience funding available to Bird City communities for the removal and replacement of trees infested with the emerald ash borer. Also, we remind you that the deadline for participating in this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon has been extended to October, and we pass along another simple step we can all take to help birds: drinking bird-friendly coffee.

BIRD CITY WISCONSIN MAY 2020
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 05-11-2020

Bird City communities never fail to go above and beyond in their conservation and education actions. In this newsletter, we describe the response of the Oshkosh Bird Fest to the Covid-19 quarantine, we offer three ways you can practice social distancing while celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, and we report on the extension of this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Teams now can choose: They can stick to the original spring migration timeframe or postpone their big day until summer or fall. 

BIRD CITY WISCONSIN MARCH 2020
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 03-27-2020

At a time when Covid-19 is upending even our best-laid plans, we offer three ways you can practice social distancing while celebrating World Migratory Bird Day, and three ways you can safely participate in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. In addition, view an updated list of Bird City communities that have either submitted a renewal application or let us know that their application is in the works. Also, learn another simple step you can take to help birds: avoiding pesticides.