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Waterloo named Iowa's first Bird Friendly City

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Waterloo will be named the state's first Bird Friendly City during the Oct. 16 City Council meeting.

Waterloo is being recognized for its commitment to preserving and expanding urban bird habitat, reducing threats to birds, engaging citizens in birding, bird conservation and related outdoor recreation activities.

“Birds are an extremely important means of connecting communities and citizens with our environment,” said Ric Zarwell, co-founder of Iowa’s newest avian conservation program. “Educating individuals and community leaders about how birds serve as indicators of healthy soil, water, air, native vegetation, and other natural resources can help reverse the decline of populations of birds, Monarch butterflies, and other forms of critical biodiversity, locally or even at statewide and higher levels.”

Waterloo’s designation was the product of discussions between Iowa Audubon, the Prairie Rapids Audubon Chapter, and the City of Waterloo.

Waterloo will serve as a pilot program for Bird Friendly Iowa as the effort builds toward creating a statewide presence.

The program focuses on habitat protection, improvement and creation; public engagement and reducing threats to birds.

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