As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Milwaukee named a 'Bird City'

Milwaukee has been named a "Bird City."

The Bird City Wisconsin project, modeled on the "Tree City USA" program, recognizes efforts to improve bird habitat, manage woodlands, limit hazards and educate citizens about birds.

Organizers say Milwaukee was recently named along with cities of Marinette and Algoma, the village of Menomonee Falls and the towns of Spring Green and Three Lakes.

Milwaukee's application for recognition was spearheaded by the Urban Ecology Center and Ald. Nik Kovac. It also involved the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Humane Society, Milwaukee River Greenway and the Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens.

The total number of "Bird Cities" statewide is now at 60.

Bird City Wisconsin has developed 22 conservation criteria across five categories. If a city or village meets at least seven criteria, it becomes an official Bird City.

In its effort, Bird City has recruited both public officials and interested citizens who belong to Audubon groups, nature preserves, bird clubs, natural history museums, conservation organizations and agencies, garden clubs, businesses and chambers of commerce that can be partners in developing and carrying out Bird City strategies.

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