De Soto – A Wisconsin Bird City

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Saturday 5/28/2022 De Soto Bird City Celebration

8:30 AM Guided Bird Watching Walk

10:00 AM Paint a Bird House to Take Home

Saturday, May 28

Cottonwood City Park, De Soto WI

De Soto Renews WI Bird City Designation

Congratulations! Your Bird City renewal has been approved! … It seems that Wisconsin is slowly opening up, and we are optimistic that our members can continue to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day in May with events that may have been postponed in 2020 …

More than 100 Bird City communities are at the forefront of efforts to forge a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials who recognize that birds are more than beautiful…

Many of you helped the statewide Great Wisconsin Birdathon raise a record-breaking amount for priority bird-conservation projects despite the pandemic. Thank you again!

Charles Hagner
Director, Bird City Wisconsin

   Great Wisconsin Birdathon

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 Village Council – Bird City Resolution 10-20-18

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.

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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.

For More on Bird City Wisconsin -> Visit their Homepage

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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.

Better for Birds

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

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Top Five Threats to Birds

Caring for free-roaming domestic house cats



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More Information:

De Soto WI – Wisconsin Bird City Website

Lansing, IA – Birding Guide 

National Wildlife Foundation

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

Wisconsin Audubon Council

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