Oconto became Bird City in the year 2012 and is working continuously on improving the city’s bird habitat.
How you can help the birds of your city:
1. Help the Bird Brochure
2. Keep your cats indoors or on a leash as it is city ordinance.
4. You can also create a Wildlife Habitat in your backyard:
Check out the website of the National Wildlife Federation
5. Help prevent birds from striking your windows.
Pick up a flyer at City Hall or go to these websites:
American Bird Conservancy
Bird City Oconto has created 9 Bluebird trails within the city.
1. Copper Culture State Park monitored by Cordula Van Den Heuvel
2. Holtwood Sporting Complex monitored by Venna Dreshek
3. Trail at Van Hecke Avenue monitored by Amber Van Den Heuvel
4. Oconto Elementary School monitored by Bayshore Community Academy
5. Sharp Park monitored by Joan Altergott
6. Prevea and Aurora Grounds monitored by Don Denor
7. Oconto Legion Golf Course monitored by Al Powers
8. Beyer Home Museum monitored by Joe Watt
9. City Park monitored by Laurel Edwards
If you see any fallen / broken bird houses, please contact the number on the bird house.
If you are interested in monitoring your own Bluebird Trail please contact Bird City Oconto .
The Midwest Crane Count is also happening annually in our city and county.The Oconto County Crane Count Coordinator is always in need of volunteers to count cranes one day a year throughout the county.
Amber Van Den Heuvel
Oconto County Crane Count
P.O. Box 405
Oconto WI 54153
Great birding places within the city are:
Oconto Marsh State Game Refuge on County Hwy Y
You will find a dike for hiking and a viewing platform with benches.
When you go, don’t forget to pick up the Oconto Marsh bird list at City Hall or your Library.
For more details get a digital copy of the brochure.
City Park on County Hwy N
With access to the lake you can see many birds during their migration. A special treat is the Redheaded Woodpecker who calls this park of 24 acres its home.
Copper Culture State Park on Copper Culture Way
Home to one of Oconto’s Bluebird Trails and the Bald Eagles that visits regularly. Here you can see a lot of different wildlife and can find trails with nature and historical signs on 45 acres.
The Kiosk at the park will have 2 sites full of information about birds and events planned by Bird City Oconto.
Other important birding websites:
1.Audubon guide birds and other nature apps
2.National geographic birds: field guide to North America