Bird City Wisconsin
In August 2011 Middleton was recognized as a "Bird City" by the Bird City Wisconsin project. The program is modeled after the Arbor Day Foundation's "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) educating 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
Collision with glass is believed to be one of the principal man-made causes of death for birds in North America. It is estimated that between 300 million and 1 billion birds are killed annually in North America by collisions with buildings – primarily by striking windows. Last year alone the Wisconsin Humane Society admitted more than 200 birds who were involved in window collisions.
Birds simply cannot tell the difference between reflection and reality.
Make the glass visible to birds. One way to achieve this is to apply something to the window to provide contrast. ABC Birdtape is one such product.
Scientists estimate that cats kill hundreds of millions of birds and more than a billion small mammals, including rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks. Feline predators include both domestic cats that spend time outdoors and stray cats that live in the wild.
- Millions of common songbirds, such as the Cardinal, Blue Jay, and House Wren, and long-distance migrants such as the Indigo Bunting, Blue and Yellow Warbler.
- Rare and endangered species, such as the Piping Plover, Florida Scrub-Jay, and California Least Tern.
- Birds that nest or feed on the ground, such as the California Quail.
In 1997, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) launched the Cats Indoors! Campaign for Safer Birds and Cats to educate cat owners, policymakers, and the general public that cats, wildlife, and people all benefit when cats are kept indoors, confined to an enclosure when outdoors, or trained to go outside on a harness and leash.
ABC has produced a wealth of resources to inform the public about this issue. Materials include fact sheets, posters, the popular Cats, Birds, and You brochure, the Cats Indoors Educator’s Guide for Grades K-6, print and radio Public Service Announcements (PSAs), and more.
See all the materials ABC offers for download or purchase.