Alma is Going to the Birds!
When birds migrate between nesting and wintering sites, they don’t just stop anywhere; they rely on a handful of resource-rich and strategically located sites where they increase their body weight as they acquire the energy-rich fat stores needed to fly thousands of miles across continents and oceans. These places are known as stopover sites. Alma, Wisconsin is well known as a stopover site, where birds stop while traveling along The Mississippi Flyway.
Environment for the Americas and the City of Alma, Wisconsin invite you to join our celebration of the importance of stopover sites and their habitats for migratory birds. Whether you learn about a stopover site near your home, visit one far away or create a safe place for birds in your backyard, your support can mean a safe journey for a migratory bird. Join the celebration!
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most comprehensive bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, we invite you to join us in Alma, Wisconsin, as we celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds now and into the future.
On Saturday, May 12th, 2018
enjoy the Great River Birding Festival
as Alma, Wisconsin celebrates
World Migratory Bird Day.
WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY is a conservation initiative that brings awareness to conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere of the world. They're theme for 2018 is YEAR OF THE BIRD.
Bird Watching Field Trip
May 12th @ 8:30 am
Rieck’s Lake Park, Hwy 35 Alma
Jerry and Carol Knabe are experienced birders and nature photographers who will be your guides for this event. Whether it’s your first time birding or the fiftieth, this is a great opportunity to get into the field and enter the world of birds. Participants should bring binoculars, a sun hat, and wear long pants and sleeves. Meet at 8:30 am at Rieck’s Lake Park shelter, located two miles north of Alma along Hwy. 35. This event is free and open to the public. Cancelled if it rains.
Live Bird Program by River Valley Raptors
Saturday, May 12th @ 1pm, at Wings Over Alma
Joe and Abbey Krumrie are raptor experts, biologists, and owners of River Valley Raptors, Inc. They’ll share their knowledge and answer questions during this upbeat interactive presentation where you’ll meet a falcon, hawk and owl. This event is free and open to the public.
Birding by Mini-Train
May 5th: Sold Out (seats available for Fall Train: September 22, 2018!)
Location: Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area
Sponsor: Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center
Info: www.wingsoverlama.org or call 608-685-3303
Win $100 Alma Bird Bucks!
The Shops of Alma, Wisconsin are each sponsoring a migratory bird during the month of May and will have bird information sheets and Bird Bucks entry cards available. Visit a minimum of 5 shops along Main Street, have your card stamped, and drop the card off at Wings Over Alma where the winning card will be drawn at 4:00 PM on May 12, 2018. You must be present to win.
Main Street Bird Sponsors
Bald Eagle, 3G Gallery
Hummingbird, Alma Art Adventures
Indigo Bunting, Alma Blooms
American Redstart, Alma General Store
Belted Kingfisher, Alma Leather
Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Art & Soul *
Eastern Bluebird, bluebird
Sandhill Crane, The Blue Door Inn
American Robin, Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop
Catbird, The Commercial Gallery
Great Blue Heron, Etta's Place
Magnolia Warbler, Gypsy Wagon Curiosity Shop
Goldeneye Duck, The Junk Market & Siam Traditions
Baltimore Oriole, Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry Co *
Tundra Swan, Shanty On Main
Scarlet Tanager, Stumptown Gallery
House Wren, The Weaving Studio
Common Loon, Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center *
Red-winged Blackbird, Water Lily Gifts
Bird Sponsors, not on Main Street
Peregrine Falcon, Castlerock Arm & Armory Museum
Chimney Swift, Danzinger Vineyard & Winery
* Art & Soul, Wings Over Alma, and Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry Co. each have original works of art featuring their chosen birds.