Audubon Minnesota designated Bemidji as the state’s third Bird City on June 10-11, 2017 

Bird City Minnesota recognizes and celebrates communities with a long-term commitment to:
  * creating bird habitat,
  * reducing threats to birds, and
  * engaging citizens in birding, bird conservation, and outdoor recreation. 

A group of local organizations led by the Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society worked with the City of Bemidji to identify conservation activities which fulfill 18 specific Bird City criteria. A community needs 7 to qualify. Together, Bemidji Bird City Partners are already engaged in fifteen.

“Bemidji is a great place for birds, and people” said Jaime Thibodeaux, Past President of MHAS. “So many local organizations, agencies, and residents are involved in conservation and stewardship projects that benefit birds and other wild creatures”.  “Just to give you a few examples; the Bogs and Logs Master Naturalist group has put up a bluebird house trail at North Country Park; Headwaters Science Center has a great “Raptors Rule”  display and program with live hawks and owls; The MN DNR is trying out innovative window films and decals at their Regional Office to reduce bird strikes (the largest human-caused factor in bird mortality); and Brian Hiller, Assoc. Professor at BSU, and his students are banding purple martins and doing important research right here in town!” 

Among the other activities included in Bemidji’s Bird City application were native plant gardens and landscaping projects being carried out as part of "Birds, Bees, & Butterflies - Bemidji" to promote planting native wild flowers, shrubs and trees.  Signs downtown, on BSU campus and around the city will highlight planters and gardens featuring bird and pollinator-friendly plants. Local garden centers will also display these signs to help customers find native plants available at their greenhouses.

Bird City Bemidji Partners:

Mississippi Headwaters Audubon Society, City of Bemidji, Headwaters Science Center, Bogs & Logs - Master Naturalists, Bemidji State University, MN Department of Natural Resources