Today is National Audubon Day which celebrates the conservation of birds and their natural habitat.
More than 400 bird species are documented in Wisconsin. Sandhill Cranes, the Great Blue Heron, the Mallard Duck, the Baltimore Oriole and the ruby-throated Hummingbird are among the most common birds with the American Robin designated as the state bird. The red-breasted Robin was voted as the state bird by schoolchildren across Wisconsin in 1926. In 1971 the Mourning Dove was adopted as the state’s official symbol of peace.