NEW BERLIN - The city has achieved the status of Sustained Flight in the Bird City Wisconsin program for a third consecutive year.

Bird City Wisconsin now includes 101 communities with similar programs planned beyond Wisconsin’s borders.

Bird city has developed 22 conservation criteria across five categories. A community must meet at least seven criteria to be recognized as an official Bird City.

A Bird City is a community whose government educates its citizens about birds while implementing sound conservation practices.

Residents can now find bird window-collision information pamphlets at the New Berlin Public Library and at city hall in the recreation department.

Bird City is modeled on The Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA. It  was created by a coalition of Wisconsin conservation and birding organizations to ensure that Wisconsin’s urban residents maintain healthy populations of birds and grow an appreciation for them.

“This recognition makes New Berlin an active participant in a statewide coalition that appreciates the beauty and significance of our feathered friends” stated Mayor Dave Ament. “The city has also declared May 13 as International Migratory Bird Day in an effort to foster the appreciation for wild birds and to celebrate and to support migratory bird conservation.

"Thanks to the donation and assistance of our Eagle Scout volunteers, residents will now notice several new wood duck houses and bluebird houses at Gatewood Park located at 14201 W. Kostner in New Berlin ”

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