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Celebrate birds and help them, too

It's a big year for birds — the Year of the Bird, in fact, so designated by a partnership including National Geographic, the National Audubon Society, BirdLife International and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Year of the Bird celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, passed by Congress in 1918 to protect birds from wanton killing. National Geographic has planned special "Take Action" activities for each month this year to celebrate the centennial.

Also for bird lovers, get ready for the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, a partnership of more than 175 groups statewide dedicated to protecting and promoting all types of bird species. The annual WBCI meeting is Sept. 6-8 in Pewaukee and will include presentations by experts including from the Department of Natural Resources, a meeting sponsor. Registration deadline is Aug. 21; sign up by Aug. 6 for special discounts at the host hotel, the Ingleside (formerly Country Springs). This year's WBCI annual event will focus on "SOS for Our Flying Bug Eaters," including tree swallows (pictured above), purple martins, common nighthawks and other bird and bat species.


 


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