I first heard about the Bird City Wisconsin program back in 2004 when I was teaching an Urban Bird Conservation course at the University of Texas-Austin. When I went to work for Audubon later that year, this was one of the ideas I hoped we could get going nationally. No dice. At least so far. However, the efforts are growing. Bird City Wisconsin is now spearheaded out of Milwaukee Audubon and Steve Saffier who worked with me at Audubon now has a similar program up and going in Pennsylvania.
There are now 60 bird cities in the Badger State. To become a bird city, municipalities must meet at least 7 of 22 criteria that include creation and protection of habitat, community forest management, addressing hazards to birds, public education, and celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.