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File #: 76031    Version: 1 Name: Board of Park Commissioners World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Proclamation
Type: Communication Status: Approved
File created: 2/6/2023 In control: BOARD OF PARK COMMISSIONERS
On agenda: Final action: 3/8/2023
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Board of Park Commissioners World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Proclamation
Board of Park Commissioners World Migratory Bird Day 2023 Proclamation

WHEREAS, migratory birds are some of the most beautiful and easily observed wildlife that
share our communities; and

WHEREAS, many citizens recognize and welcome migratory songbirds as symbolic harbingers
of spring; and

WHEREAS, these migrant species also play an important economic role in our community,
controlling insect pests and generating millions in recreational dollars statewide; and

WHEREAS, migratory birds and their habitats are declining throughout the Americas, facing a
growing number of threats on their migration routes and in both their summer and winter homes;

WHEREAS, public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird
conservation; and

WHEREAS, citizens enthusiastic about birds, informed about the threats they face, and
empowered to help address those threats can directly contribute to maintaining health bird
populations; and

WHEREAS, since 1993 World Migratory Bird Day (formerly International Migratory Bird Day) 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.; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of people will observe WMBD, 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; and

WHEREAS, while WMBD officially is held each year on the second Saturday in May, its
observance is 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.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that April 23, 2023 be proclaimed as World Migratory
Bird Day in the City of Madison, to urge all citizens to celebrate this observance and ...

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