Communities are eligible for initial recognition as a Bird City when they fulfill at least 8 criteria: 7 of 18 Best Practices across 3 categories and 1 required action.
Required of all Bird City communities (complete 1 of 1)
Adopt an official resolution and hold a celebration recognizing International Migratory Bird Day with a birding event. The details of the event are customized the needs and capacity of the community.
Category I: Educate and engage people in birding and conservation (complete at least 2 of 5)
- Increase awareness of birds in your community
- Involve residents in conservation and stewardship projects
- Educate and engage youth audiences
- Promote citizen science monitoring and research
- Ensure access to nature
Category II: Protect, restore and enhance bird habitat (complete at least 3 of 7)
- Practice conservation planning
- Create and protect habitat
- Promote use of native and beneficial plant species
- Control invasive and detrimental species
- Create, protect and maintain nesting opportunities
- Ensure best management of urban forests
- Ensure clean water in natural waterways
Category III: Reduce threats to birds (complete at least 2 of 6)
- Reduce collisions with windows
- Reduce other man-made threats
- Reduce light pollution
- Reduce disturbance and predation by free-roaming pets
- Reduce the threat of pesticides and other toxins
- Reduce climate impacts
TOTAL: Cities must meet follow at least 7 of 18 Best Practices (plus 1 required action)
Please email Katie Burns about getting a Bird City Minnesota application.
Funding for this project is provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR).