The City of Manitowoc has received the Bird City of Wisconsin designation each year since 2011 for its "willingness to act to promote healthy bird and human populations." Signs designating Manitowoc as a Bird City have been posted on Calumet Avenue and Waldo Boulevard for visitors to see as they enter the city.
Bird City Wisconsin (BCW) defines a Bird City as "a community whose government educates its citizens about birds while implementing sound conservation practices." BCW gives the following as top 10 reasons to become a Bird City:
Save Money on Pest Control
Make Money (Bird watching helps the economy.)
Family & Exercise
Improve the Environment
Do It for People (It builds community spirit.)
Do It for the Birds (Conservation actions combat population declines.)
In 2017, the Woodland Dunes staff installed purple martin birdhouses at the City of Manitowoc Containment Disposal Facility in the Manitowoc Harbor. Martins enjoy visiting the area, and the birdhouses will encourage them to nest in the area. Martins are beneficial to the area, because they eat lots of mosquitoes and flies. Click here for a link to a video about purple martins by the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology or here for a link to Cornell University's online bird guide about purple martins.