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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.

In order to become a "Bird City" communities need to demonstrate in a written application that they have met at least seven of 22 criteria within these four categories:

  • Category 1: Creation and Protection of Habitat
  • Category 2: Participation in Programs Promoting Effective Community Forest Management
  • Category 3: Limiting or Removing Hazards to Birds
  • Category 4: Public Education

Madison's first Bird City Celebration was a big success!

The Bird City Celebration was the result of a partnership of many civic and Friends groups working together to protect and enjoy birds and nature in urban habitats. We thank these Bird City Partners for helping Madison achieve the Bird City recognition! 

Visit the following list of organization and discover a wide range of volunteer activities, education, and nature recreation opportunities for kids and adults. Working together we can find many ways to continue to improve natural habitat and enjoy beautiful migratory birds in our local parks, neighborhoods, and yards!

City of Madison
Madison Parks
Village of Maple Bluff
Maple Bluff Country Club
Madison Audubon Society
Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Wild Warner Park
Friends of Lakeview Hill Park
Earth/Art Resources
Friends of Olin Turville Park
UW Arboretum
Wisconsin DNR Avian Specialists
Four Lakes Sierra Club
UW Sierra Club
UW Nelson Institute
Vilas Zoo
...our apologies for any we missed here
…and more next year!

Also many thanks to our speakers and all the volunteers who helped make this event fun and educational! We look forward to next year's event.

Please contact event facilitator paul_noeldner@hotmail.com or call 608-698-0104 if you have questions or would like to volunteer to help or participate at a partner table or a walk.