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 was celebrated with a Program on Sunday, May 21st, 2017. The day started with a 7 a.m. birding hike through Billings Park along the St. Louis River. The group then boarded a bus and made several stops along Wisconsin Point. There was 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 was visiting the shore of Lake Superior & the mouth of the Amnicon River at Camp Amnicon.
Some bird species that were viewed during the International Migratory Bird Day event were Merlin, American Redstart, Ovenbird, Northern Flicker, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Common Tern, Solitary Sandpiper, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Killdeer, Tree Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Barn Swallow.
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.
The Christmas Bird Countwill be held on December 30, 2017 and citizens are asked to make a list of the birds they see in their backyard and email that to the local compiler. Please check out the Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count page. Email your results to Superior's compiler Nancy Raffetto : email@example.com The information goes into an international database and is a great way to track bird numbers in order to determine the general health of the species and its habitat!
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/
Birding and Bird Conservation - Wisconsin DNR: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/outdoorrecreation/activities/birding.html
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A female Common Eider took up residence with a fleet of Mallard ducks at the Barker's Island causeway (under the bridge) in 2015. This is the first time this bird has been spotted in Lake Superior in Wisconsin. It arrived in the area after 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 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