The Milwaukee Audubon Society is the lead organization in a statewide partnership to establish Bird City Wisconsin and its web site, www.birdcitywisconsin.org, which seek to bring together Wisconsin communities to protect declining bird populations through hands-on conservation activities. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 13 BCW coordinator Carl Schwartz will explain how club members can play a role in both fostering successful urban bird protection and helping their own communities earn recognition as a Bird City. The meeting of the SANC Bird Club will be at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E. Brown Deer Rd., Bayside. Bird City Wisconsin is modeled on the successful nationwide program Tree City USA, a community improvement project sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation. The Bird City program will address an increasing problem in Wisconsin and elsewhere: the decline of urban bird populations. Chimney Swift populations in Wisconsin, for example, have declined by more than two percent annually for the last 28 years, while the Purple Martin - which nests in colonial boxes often near water - has declined by six percent over the same period. "Recognition as a Bird City will be a feather in the cap of any Wisconsin community," said Andrew Struck, president of the Milwaukee Audubon Society, when the program was announced in October 2009. "This program will recognize conservation efforts already under way and spur other cities, counties, towns and villages to adopt the best practices we will spotlight," added Struck. Carl Schwartz Fox Point Milwaukee County #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.