Have you ever heard of a thing called, Bird City? It’s a great new program that’s being piloted right here in Minnesota. Inspired by similar programs from other states, such as Bird City Wisconsin and Bird Town Pennsylvania, Bird City Minnesota is our own way of doing things. Audubon Minnesota has started this new pilot program in the Cities of Hastings and St. Paul and now just starting in Northfield!
The purpose of Bird City is to bring the community together with birds as a connecting focus. Together, residents, groups and elected officials improve habitat, reduce threats to birds, and engage people to increase interest in and access to nature. With urban populations growing and urban spaces expanding, it’s more important than ever for all the people of Minnesota to do our part in providing habitat for birds and also provide space for people to enjoy.
Increased habitat has a variety of benefits far beyond just shelter for birds. It can also help pollinators and water, which can help our gardens, agriculture, and ground and surface water quality. Not to mention the mental and physical benefits that a well-thought-out and established wilderness can bring to residents of urban areas.
If you’re interested in getting involved in our efforts in Northfield or to just learn more about our Northfield work, there are many opportunities. Our kick-off meeting was a wonderful success and I’m very excited to see so much interest from residents in Northfield. Send me an email and I’ll be sure to provide you with information on our next Northfield Area Bird City meeting!