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File #: 33612    Version: 1 Name: IMBD 2014 Bird Celebration
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/2/2014 In control: BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
On agenda: 4/29/2014 Final action: 4/29/2014
Enactment date: 4/30/2014 Enactment #: RES-14-00313
Title: Proclaiming May 10, 2014 as International Migratory Bird Day in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Joseph R. Clausius, Mark Clear
Fiscal Note
No appropriation is required.
Proclaiming May 10, 2014 as International Migratory Bird Day in the City of Madison.
Many citizens, both here in Madison and throughout the country, recognize and welcome migratory songbirds as symbolic harbingers of the change in season.  Migratory birds are some of the most beautiful and easily observed wildlife that share our communities. These migrant species also play an important economic role in our community, controlling insect pests and generating millions in recreational dollars statewide.
Migratory birds and their habitats are declining throughout the Americas, facing a growing number of threats on their migration routes to reach both their summer and winter homes.  Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation.  Citizens enthusiastic about birds, informed about the threats they face, and empowered to help address those threats can directly contribute to maintaining healthy bird populations and encourage maintenance of diverse habitat patches of trees, shrubs and grasses along their routes throughout the Midwest.  Effective bird conservation efforts require cooperative action and shared goals with the public through outreach programs to ensure stable and self-sustaining populations of birds.  Madison is fortunate to have several locations in its park system that provide habitat to sustain these migrating birds on their journey.  
Since 1993, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) has become a primary vehicle for focusing public attention on the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats in our communities and throughout North America and their wintering grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the southern U.S.   Hundreds of thousands of people will observe IMBD, gathering in town squares, community centers, schools, parks, nature centers, and wildlife refuges to learn about birds, take action to conserve them, and simply to have fun.  IMBD officially is held each year on the second Saturday in May, but observances are not limited to a single day, and planners are encouraged to schedule activities on the dates best suited to the presence of both migrants and celebrants.
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Madison Parks will partner with community organziations and partners to hold an event focused on the birdes on the South Side of Madison, with programming in Olin-Turville Park.  
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That May 10, 2014 be proclaimed as International Migratory Bird Day in the City of Madison, to urge all citizens to celebrate this observance and to support efforts to protect and conserve migratory birds and their habitats in our community and the world at large; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That IMBD is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds and to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation, but is also a call to action to protect their habitat.