Bird City

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:
  • Community Pride
  • Conservation Reputation
  • Save Money on Pest Control
  • Make Money (Bird watching helps the economy.)
  • Ecosystem Health
  • Family & Exercise
  • Understand Nature
  • Improve the Environment
  • Do It for People (It builds community spirit.)
  • Do It for the Birds (Conservation actions combat population declines.)
Lakefront Birding Area
A birding "hot spot" was identified at the Manitowoc Containment Disposal Facility (CDF) / Lakeview Park in 2016.  This harbor area has been outstanding for birds, including sightings of the white-winged tern.  Many individuals from the Wisconsin Ornithology organization have visited the area.  A photo of Ruddy Turnstones is featured on the sign.  As part of the 2017 Bird Migration Celebration, the birding hot spot was named the Manitowoc Lakefront Birding Area and was "designated in honor of Dr. Charles Sontag, Emeritus Professor Biology at the U.W. Manitowoc, whose 50 years of daily observations revealed that more than 300 species of birds have been found at that single location."

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.
Related Links:
 
 Bird City Wisconsin
 
 Briess Grain Elevator Live Falcon Cam 

 Cats Indoors Initiative by the American Bird Conservancy
 
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology (offers safe window publications to reduce window  collisions)

 Great Wisconsin Birding & Nature Trail

 Lakeshore Invasive Species Management Area
 
 Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership

 World Migration Bird Day
 
 Woodland Dunes Nature Center & Preserve (webcams to view birds, information regarding area birding events, free roaming cats, invasive species, etc.)