GOING To The Birds
19th Century River Town | National Historic District

ALMA Celebrates Great River Birding Month & International Migratory Bird Day
  CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER at WINGS OVER ALMA
110 N Main Street, Alma, Wisconsin 
608-685-3303 | info@almawisconsin.com 

ALMA's 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 and learn how to protect birds every day of the year through actions, stories & art.  Join the celebration!

Plan your springtime travel around Great River Birding Month and visit Alma, Wisconsin.  We're celebrating the entire month of May, our shops are each sponsoring a migratory bird throughout the month.  On Saturday, May 12th, enjoy the Great River Birding Festival as Alma, Wisconsin celebrates World Migratory Bird Day.

As birds journey between breeding and non-breeding sites, Alma, Wisconsin is celebrating the importance of the places and habitats where they stop to rest and refuel.  Many fly over 2,500 miles between Central & South America, where they winter, to the United States & Canada, where they will nest and raise young. Let's help them along the way!

JOIN THE FLOCK!
Shops in Alma, Wisconsin are sponsoring a migratory bird during the month of May in celebration of Great River Birding Month.  An information sheet will be available on each migratory bird at their business and we'll also provide these info sheets for you to download.  

Participating shops may have bird stickers, migratory bird cutouts you can color or other birding goodies!  Art & Soul Gallery and Mississippi River Pearl have created original art works of their birds.  

You can join the flock too ... come celebrate the Spring Migration throughout May in Alma, Wisconsin.

  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 Gallery
   Eastern Bluebird, The 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
   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
EVENT SCHEDULE

ALMA GOES TO THE BIRDS!!!
Celebrating Great River Birding Month
Entire Month Of May

SPRING BIRDING BY MINI-TRAIN  
May 5th, Reservation Required
Location:  Tiffany Bottoms State Natural Area
Sponsor:  Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center
Info:  www.wingsoverlama.org or call 608-685-3303

GREAT RIVER BIRDING FESTIVAL
Celebrating "World Migratory Bird Day"
May 12th
Location:  Main Street, Alma WI

BIRD WATCHING FIELD TRIP
May 12th, 8:30am
Location:  Rieck's Lake Park, Hwy 35, Alma
Join Carol & Jerry Knabe (experienced birders and nature photographers) as guides.  Great opportunity for 1st time or experienced birders to get into the field and enter the world of birds.  Wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves.  Bring binoculars and a sun hat.  Event is free and open to the public.

WIN $100 ALMA BIRD BUCKS
May 12th, Drawing at 4pm, Wings Over Alma
Alma shops are each sponsoring a migratory bird during the month of May.  Visit a minimum of participating shops along Main Street, have your card stamped & drop off your card at Wings Over Alma.  Drawing for the winner will be May 12th at 4pm.  Must be present to win.

LIVE BIRD PROGRAM By River Valley Raptors
May 12th, 1pm
Joe & 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, a hawk and an owl.  Event is free and open to the public.
Location:  Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center
BIRDING SCENES In Alma
Photography along the Mississippi Flyway in Alma, Wisconsin provides perfect light, beautiful scenery and fantastic opportunities to photograph birds and waterfowl.  Here are a few Alma birding scenes to give you a photo perspective. No Photoshop techniques used, all photos were taken with point & shoot cameras by amateur photographers.
CELEBRATING 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 UNIFYING OUR VOICES FOR BIRD CONSERVATION.

Celebrating how to protect birds every day of the year through actions, stories & art in 2018 ... World Migratory Bird Day joins with partners across the globe to unify our voices for bird conservation.

More Information:  http://www.migratorybirdday.org/