April 26, 2011
MADISON - Wisconsin is home to a great number, and a great variety, of migratory birds. The range of habitat found between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes brings many migrating bird species, from waterfowl to warblers, to Wisconsin each year. To highlight the importance of involving new youth and adults in learning about birds, bird watching, and bird conservation, this year's International Migratory Bird Day, held Saturday, May 14, is themed Go Wild, Go Birding.
International Migratory Bird Day is held each year on the second Saturday in May to draw attention to the plight of migratory birds that yearly make incredible journeys between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America. Many of these birds are declining in numbers, primarily due to the loss of habitat.
For those interested in learning about birding in Wisconsin, the Department of Natural Resources offers a series of five highway-based bird and nature viewing guides, each highlighting unique regional ecosystems of the state. Each Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail guide links a set of waypoints, refuges and wild places that offer the best birding and wildlife watching opportunities and other nature experiences.
Together, the complete set offers wildlife viewers 368 specific sites where they can view the best of Wisconsin's wildlife in the habitats they depend on for survival.
The guides can be found on the DNR website as well as the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Web site at www.wisconsinbirds.org/trail and Wisconsin Department of Tourism TravelWisconsin.com websites (both links exit DNR).
International Migratory Bird Day activities are being held throughout Wisconsin in May. To find an event in your area, visit www.birdday.org (exit DNR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Volkert, Wildlife Educator/Naturalist, 920-387-7877; Andy Paulios, Wildlife Biologist, 608-264-6137