De Soto Renews 2023 WI Bird City Designation
2023 Great Wisconsin Birdathon
World Migratory Bird Day / WI Birdathon
May 27, 2023
Funds from the Birdathon support:
- Conservation of endangered Kirtland’s Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and Piping Plovers
- Research, education, and habitat protection in Central and South America
- Monitoring of waterbirds
- Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin
- The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised over $500,000 for Wisconsin’s birds since 2012.
De Soto Resolution – World Migratory Bird Day – 5-27-2023
Ten ways to help birds
We can make great strides to strengthen bird conservation when people take small but powerful actions to live out their bird conservation values.
Here are ten ways you can help birds and do your part to shape the future for birds.
De Soto – A great Place for Birding
Situated in the Great Lakes / Mississippi River Flyway with thousands of acres of prime habitat, the De Soto area is an outstanding place to enjoy all sorts of bird life.
The Bird City Wisconsin organization provides highly visible public recognition to municipalities that understand that healthy communities are the sum of many parts, including birds.
Better for Birds
Supporting the establishment of natural lawns and native landscaping is a very important aspect of creating a bird friendly environment in any community.
Bird-friendly landscaping provides food, saves water, and fights climate change.
Your garden is your outdoor sanctuary. With some careful plant choices, it can be a haven for native birds as well. Landscaped with native species, your yard, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharge station for birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting and overwintering birds.
Each patch of restored native habitat is just that—a patch in the frayed fabric of the ecosystem in which it lies. By landscaping with native plants, we can turn a patchwork of green spaces into a quilt of restored habitat.
Your Garden is your outdoor bird sanctuary
More native plants mean more choices of food and shelter for native birds and other wildlife.
To survive, native birds need native plants and the insects that have co-evolved with them. Most landscaping plants available in nurseries are exotic species from other countries. Many are prized for qualities that make them poor food sources for native birds—like having leaves that are unpalatable to native insects and caterpillars. With 96 percent of all terrestrial bird species in North America feeding insects to their young, planting insect-proof exotic plants is like serving up plastic food. No insects? No birds.
Audubon Society – Plants for Birds Initiative
House cats and wild birds don’t mix
Lansing, IA – Birding Guide