The Bird City Wisconsin recognition program will hold an informational meeting in Rhinelander on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., in the James Williams Middle School auditorium, 915 Acacia Ln. in Rhinelander, to outline its unique statewide program to encourage urban bird conservation.
BCW state coordinator Carl Schwartz will be scouting out potential supporters for Bird City recognition efforts in communities throughout Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, and Langlade counties and beyond.
The program is being staged in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and hopes to attract both public officials and interested citizens who belong to the area’s nature centers, nature preserves, bird clubs, natural history museums, conservation organizations and agencies, garden clubs, eco-minded businesses, and chambers of commerce that can be effective partners for developing and implementing Bird City strategies.
Noel Cutright, BCW Steering Committee member and founder of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, says the BCW program, which is modeled on the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” project, “provides an excellent vehicle for communities to harness the human connection with birds-reaching beyond bird watchers to new and essential audiences.”
Bird City communities each receive a Bird City Wisconsin flag, plaque and street signs.