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In September 2013, Madison was recognized as a "Bird City" by the Bird City Wisconsin project. The program is modeled after the Arbor Day Foundations' "Tree City USA" program with the following goal:

To encourage all communities in Wisconsin to implement sound bird conservation practices by offering public recognition to those that succeed in (a) enhancing the environment for birds and (b) educate the public about the interactions between birds and people and about the contributions birds make to a healthy community.

Madison Bird City Celebration, Arbor Day and Earth Day Activities

Sunday April 19, 2015,
12 noon - 4 pm
Warner Park Shelter, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison

Welcome nature lovers, students, families and kids! Celebrate Bird City Day and our beautiful Madison birds and nature with an afternoon of fun events, games and activities. Discover the new Northside Nature Center. Help plant a tree for Arbor Day to replace lost Ash trees. Enjoy Earth Day with a Bird and Nature Walk to officially name the newly restored Castle Creek. Play Bird Bingo. Sing and dance with the Wingin' It Bird Band. Do a Big Sit on Bird Island for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. Like the Bird City Madison Facebook page or call (608) 698-0104 for more information.

12 noon Welcome Ceremony, Wingin It Bird Band
1 pm Help Plant a Tree for Arbor Day
2 pm Dedicate the new Northside Nature Center at Warner Park
3 pm Bird and Nature Walk to the Castle Creek Restoration
4 pm Big Sit at Bird Island for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon