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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 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 WMBD is not only a day to foster appreciation for wild birds

and to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation, but also a call to action to protect their