Bird City Wisconsin: Flying to Great Heights in the Community
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT — Bird City Wisconsin presented Mayor Wiza and the Council with its program membership status on Nov. 19, 2018, at Common Council.
It is the city’s eighth consecutive year in the program, and its seventh as a member of the High Flyers, the top echelon of the Bird City Wisconsin program participants. Bird City Wisconsin is a group dedicated to protecting and maintaining green space and providing care for local birds and other wildlife.
“The program is 10-years old. We have 109 municipalities that have been recognized during that time,” said Kent Hall, Bird City Wisconsin Member.
Hall feels that incorporating nature into our culture and expanding our green energies is key to sustaining the dwindling animal populations that have prompted concerns. Hall, who is also President of the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society, is thoroughly committed to changing the region’s outlook on conservation.
“The Bird City Wisconsin program can address this biodiversity problem. For 17 years, we [Audubon Society] have managed the Audubon Bluebird Trail. It is the largest such songbird trail in Wisconsin, and for 6-years it has been the largest and most productive in the entire country,” Hall said. “In this period of time, we have produced 86,000 songbirds, 66,000 of which were bluebirds. The bluebird restoration represents the most successful recovery of a passerine songbird in Wisconsin conservation history.”
The Bird City Wisconsin program also has school songbird trails set up for local communities in Portage County. These trails allow students to get intimate with nature. The program currently has over 200 participating pupils.
Bird City Wisconsin has helped with many noteworthy projects. One of their more recent endeavors was helping the Milwaukee Bucks erect a bird-friendly stadium for their team. They educated the Bucks design team and helped them compose an architecturally progressive structure that is a bird conservationist’s fantasy.
“The arena is proposed to be the first in the world to lend itself to bird conservation. The Bucks have applied for Silver LEED certification, through the U.S Green Building Council,” Hall said. “Why can’t we do that with our new buildings? Make them greener and earth-friendly. It’s not that much more expensive. It just takes the leadership and will.”
For more info on Bird City Wisconsin and their efforts visit their website at https://birdcitywisconsin.org. Call 414-533-5398 to speak with a member about donations or other requests.