The birds that spend the winter in the southern United States, Central America, and South America return north in the spring. Some spend the rest of the spring and summer right here in Central Wisconsin, while others only stop for a brief visit to rest as they head to Canada and points north.
Taylor County, Wisconsin, is a great place to see and enjoy birds. It was named a "Bird City" in 2011.
World Migratory Bird Day (originally named International Migratory Bird Day - IMBD) is the brainchild of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (SMBC). WMBD is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each year WMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. For further information you can visit the WMBD web site at www.birdday.org
Created in 1993, IMBD is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. In 2018 the name was changed to World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
WMBD celebrates the ways we can help to protect birds every day of the year through actions, stories, and art. The education campaign is changing and growing. After 25 years, International Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day, joining with partners across the globe to unify our voices for bird conservation. Hundreds of species of birds, including many once-common songbirds are declining in the United States. There are things everyone can do to help protect birds and their habitats - from landscaping for birds to keeping cats indoors, as well as providing nesting boxes and feeders for birds.
The Chequamegon Bird Club (C.B.C.) hosted the Migratory Bird Day at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area on May 19, 2018. The day-long activities were geared for families and no skill level is required to participate. Festivities began with a 6 am birding walk and activities continued throughout the day, including a bus tour (and bird watching stops) of the Miller Dam Lake area.
Please check back later for 2019's event schedule
Many thanks to these organizations who sponsor the event:
* Chequamegon Bird Club
* Taylor County Sportsman's Club
* Taylor County Tourism Committee
* Miller Dam Lake Association
* County Market - Medford
* Nasonville Dairy
* US Forest Service
* Taylor County Buildings, Grounds & Parks
* DIC-WISCO Farm
The beautiful weather added to the enjoyment of wildflowers and birds on the morning walks. Following the walks, an educator from Raptor Education Group, Inc. talked of their efforts to save injured birds at REGI in Antigo, WI.
Even the snow didn't dampen the fun! When a brief break in the clouds let the sun burst through, Ann celebrated!
REGI (Raptor Education Group, Inc.) brought five birds (Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Saw-whet Owl, and Great Horned Owl) and did a great presentation.
Kurt Staab helps a young girl and her grandmother build a Bluebird Box while an interested friend watches.
Pam Resech from Mead Wildlife Area gave a presentation about birds. She brought along a rescued Eastern Screech-Owl that is now used for education purposes. In the second picture, a guest showed off a pair of "owly" glasses.
This Ovenbird was seen and photographed during the early morning bird walk in the woods at the Perkinstown Winter Sports Area.
A family enjoys the view across Chequamegon Waters during one of the stops taken on the bus tour of the Miller Dam Lake area.
Taylor County, Wisconsin is a designated "Bird City".
The banner was displayed at the International Migratory Bird Day event.