International Migratory Bird Day

Local activism is at the heart of effective conservation, and itís what International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is all about. Created in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, IMBD was designed to be Partners in Flightís keystone education program. The annual event is now coordinated by Environment for the Americas and has gained widespread popularity, hosted by over 450 organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Many of the public and private agencies that are active in PIF serve as primary sponsors of IMBD. As PIF celebrates its bird conservation efforts over the last 20 years, IMBD is the ideal avenue for sharing these accomplishments on an international stage. In honor of PIFís 20th Anniversary, the IMBD 2010 conservation theme focused on "The Power of Partnerships in Bird Conservation."

Environment for the AmericasIMBDís continued success is evident in its impressive growth. From 2008 to 2009, the number of events increased by 23%. In 2010, distribution of materials already had grown by at least 7%, meaning that over 20,000 annual education booklets and 40,000 posters were distributed before the official event date of May 8.

Official community recognition of IMBD is one of the requirements for becoming a Bird City Wisconsin.

For more information about IMBD, click the logo to the left.

If you plan an IMBD event for the coming year, please e-mail a link or other information to cschwartz3@wi.rr.com
2014 Events (in date order)
Crex Meadows and Grantsburg have many events to celebrate spring, birds and IMBD; click here for details
The Village of McFarland will hold its "Why Bird Matter" IMBD event April 12; click here
12th Annual Evansville Community Earth Day Energy Fair will be April 19, 2014; click here for details
The Village of Fontana on Geneva Lake will hold its 3rd annual IMBD event on Friday April 25; click here for details
Fond du Lac will hold its Bird day celebration events May 2-3; click here for details
Oshkosh will hold its 3rd annual Bird Fest on May 3; click here for details
Celebrate Fox Pointís 3rd Annual IMBD on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Doctors Park; click here for details
Algoma will hold a Bird City Recognition/IMBD event and garden show on May 3, 2014; click here for details
River Falls and St. Croix Valley Bird Club will "Celebrate Spring: It's for the Birds" on Saturday May 3; click here for details
Muirland Bird Club IMBD Celebration for Marquette County on May 3 in Montello; click here for details
Ozaukee County, Port Washington celebrate IMBD at Forest Beach and Coal Dock Park on May 3; click here for details
Sauk Prairie Migratory Bird Week will be May 3-11, 2014; click here for details
New London and Mosquito Hill Nature Center celebrate "Feather Fest" May 3-4, 2014; click here for details
Big Bay Photography Contest May 3-10; SPRINGS WINGS Migratory Bird Festival and Birdathon May 10; click here for details
Marinette celebrates IMBD with "Pond Fest" May 9-10; special talk on birds of Nicaragua; click here for details
Manitowish Waters and Presque Isle will hold annual Discovery Center Bird Fest and IMBD celebration May 9-10; click here for details
Horicon and Mayville celebrate Bird Day at Horicon Marsh Bird Festival, May 9-12; click here for details
Two Rivers, Manitowoc and Woodland Dunes Nature Center will hold annual Bird Breakfast & Migration Celebration May 10, 2014; click here for details
IMBD hike at Sugar Creek Bluff Natural Area in Ferryville on Saturday, May 10; click here for details
To celebrate IMBD in Milwaukee, join the Green Birding Challange on Saturday, May 10; click here for details
Taylor County and the Chequamegon Bird Club will celebrate IMBD on May 10; click here for details
Newburg and Riveredge Nature Center will hold annual IMBD event/birdathon May 10, 2014; click here for details
Janesville will hold its first annual "Celebration of Birds" on May 10; click here for details
Town of Spring Green's "Wings Over River Valley" festival will be May 10; click here for details
De Soto Migratory Bird Festival will be held May 10; click here for details
Madison will stage a huge IMBD celebration at 9 sites on Saturday May 10; click here for details
In Wausau, walk for birds and shop for plants to mark IMBD at Monk Gardens on May 17; click here for details
Celebrate IMBD in Egg Harbor on Sunday, May 25 (Memorial Day weekend) at Harbor View Park; click here for details
Festival of Nature in Baileys Harbor celebrates IMBD and Bird City May 22-24; click here for details
Three Lakes will hold this North Woods town's IMBD events on June 6-7; click here for details
Oconto will hold its Nature Festival on June 21 at Copper Culture State Park; click here for details
Kenosha and Kenosha County celebrate IMBD with a "Fall Fun Fest: Birds and Butterflies on Sept. 20; click here for details
Ferryville will host its second annual Fall Migration event on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014; click here for details
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel op-ed article on April 30, 2013: IMBD is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds and to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation; it also is a call to action. That's why Bird City Wisconsin has made recognition of Bird Day a key part of its effort to mobilize a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials to build healthier communities for birds and people. Read more in an op ed article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (click Logo left to see the article)
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