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 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!

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 13th, enjoy the Great River Birding Festival as Alma, Wisconsin celebrates International 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.  Wings Over Alma is mounting an exhibit "Birds Of The Mississippi", featuring the birds of our neighborhood. 

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
   Sandhill Crane, Alma Vintage
   Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Art & Soul Gallery
   Eastern Bluebird, The Bluebird
   Chimney Swift, The Blue Door Inn
   American Robin, Burlington Hotel & Quilt Shop
   Great American Pelican, Coffee Wench
   Catbird, The Commercial Gallery
   Great Blue Heron, Etta's Place
   Magnolia Warbler, Gypsy Wagon Curiosity Shop
   Goldeneye Duck, The Junk Market
   Hummingbird, Mississippi River Pearl Jewelry Co
   Raven, The Raven's Nest
   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
   Baltimore Oriole, Danzinger Vineyard & Winery
EVENT SCHEDULE

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

BIRDS OF THE MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY | Art Exhibit
Now Through July 15th
Photography Exhibit by Carol Knabe
Location:  Wings Over Alma Nature & Art Center

SPRING BIRDING BY MINI-TRAIN  EVENT IS OVER
May 6th, 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 "International Migratory Bird Day"
May 13th
Location:  Main Street, Alma WI

FOOD BOOTH:  May 13th, 11am-1pm by Mill Creek 4H Club
Bake Sale & Water at 3G Parking Lot

FOOD BOOTH:  May 13th, 1pm-4pm, by Flyway Trail
Brats & Cupcakes at 3G Parking Lot

SCREENING OF "WINGED MIGRATION"
May 13th, 4pm at Big River Theatre
Free will donation to support Great River Birding Month
Location:  Big River Theatre

LIVE MUSIC "For The Birds" ON MAIN STREET
May 13th, 1-5pm at 3G Gallery
Musicians:  Squeeze 'n Bass from Gilmanton WI
Fun afternoon of "old time & country" music.  Room to dance in the 3G Gallery parking lot ... get ready to polka!
Going To The Birds Giveaway
ENTER For A Chance To Win A Gift Basket 
Entries Accepted Through May 29th at 3pm


HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
IN PERSON at Wings Over Alma

110 N Main Street, Alma WI
ON THE WEB at https://1.shortstack.com/RvdRLd

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 INTERNATIONAL
MIGRATORY BIRD DAY
INTERNATIONAL 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 2017 is HELPING BIRDS ALONG THE WAY.

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