On June 16, Nature Canada named Windsor as Canada’s 16th Bird Friendly City. PIBO has been working hard to promote the city as one where birds are relatively safe from habitat loss and collision with glass during the migration seasons. In May, Executive Director Suzanne Friemann and Board member Margaret Atwood met with Windsor mayor Drew Dilkens, who enthusiastically supported PIBO’s application for certification.

And their combined efforts have borne fruit. “The city of Windsor cares about birds,” says Jennifer Nantais, Windsor ‘s environmental and sustainability coordinator and formerly PIBO’s Urban Bird Educator. “And the city also cares about all the residents who enjoy seeing and hearing them in their yards.” The designation as a Bird Friendly City “means that we care about nature and the environment.”