Bird City Wisconsin Info
Superior was again recognized as a Bird City for 2017 with a "Sustained Flight Award" for implementing sound practices and fostering public education on important bird conservation issues. The city became a Bird City in 2013.
Superior's International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated with a Program on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The day starts with a 7 a.m. birding hike through Billings Park along the St. Louis River. The group will then board a bus and will make several stops along Wisconsin Point. There will be a lunch break at the Amnicon Town Hall with a presentation by keynote speaker Bill Volkert, a naturalist and wildlife educator who you may have heard on Larry Meiller's WPR radio show. The final stop will be visiting the shore of Lake Superior & the mouth of the Amnicon River at Camp Amnicon. The bus will return to Billings Park at 3:30 p.m. Please click here to print/view the flyer and to see how you can register for this event! Limited spaces available.
Criteria for Local Governments to be Recognized as a "Bird City"
Participating in Bird City Wisconsin results in:
- Improved habitat conditions for breeding and migrating birds
- Sound management of urban forests
- Reduced hazards for birds
- Improved public understanding and appreciation of birds and their needs
- Broad recognition of International Migratory Bird Day and the annual life-cycle of neo-tropical migrant birds
- Active and coordinated engagement in conservation activities by organizations, individuals, schools, local government, and businesses
- A strong sense of community pride in its conservation accomplishments and ethic.
Mark your calendars for the 2017 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration to be held on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. More details will be posted here as plans are finalized, so please check back!
Public Education Links regarding creating and enhancing backyard habitats for birds
One important item is public education related to creating and enhancing backyard habitats for birds. The following are links to sites with important information about creating backyard habitats and protecting birds from window strikes and cats.
Preventing window strikes: http://www.birdcitywisconsin.org/Protecting/PreventingWindowStrikes.htm
Protecting birds from cats: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html
Creating bird friendly communities: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/creating-bird-friendly-communities
Attracting birds , tips from the National Wildlife Federation: http://www.nwf.org/garden-for-wildlife/wildlife/attracting-birds.aspx
All About Birds by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/attracting/feeding/
Bird and Bird Conservation - Wisconsin DNR: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/outdoorrecreation/activities/birding.html
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A female Common Eider has taken up residence with a fleet of Mallard ducks at the Barker's Island causeway (under the bridge). This is the first time this bird has been spotted in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. It has been in the area since a powerful storm in November and had been in Canal Park in Duluth, MN. However that area froze over and the bird made the jump to Wisconsin. She was accompanied by another female Common Eider, but that bird has not been seen since December. She has been obliging to birders and photographers, from 10-20 feet away. Here is a photo of the bird, taken by Robbye Johnson.
The annual Christmas Bird Count was held on January 2, 2016. A Gyrfalcon was sighted on Connor's Point. Photo courtesy of Robbye Johnson