Rockford was named one of Illinois’s first three “Bird Cities” in late December 2021 by the Audubon Council of Illinois. The city earned this designation because it met the six qualifications of: 

  1. Habitat creation, protection, and monitoring 
  2. Limiting or removing threats to birds 
  3. Education and inclusion 
  4. Focusing on climate and sustainability 
  5. Hosting World Migratory Bird Day events
  6. Agreeing to a Bird City Resolution 


We have compiled a list of ways to embrace our local birds to celebrate this major accomplishment! 


Please let us know if you have any other suggestions for this list. Happy birding!

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