What is WIngs?
The Wisconsin Humane Society started the Wisconsin Night Guardians for Songbirds (WIngs) program in the spring of 2005 to make our cityscape safe for migrating birds.
Hundreds of avian window collision victims are admitted to the Wisconsin Humane Society's wildlife rehabilitation hospital each year and it is estimated that between 100 million and 1 BILLION birds die each year in North America from building collisions! These birds already face a wide variety of threats, including habitat destruction here and on their wintering grounds in Central and South America. But, we can help to make our city safe for the many thousands of migrating birds that pass through our area in the spring and fall.
Our efforts include inviting corporate building managers to make their tall buildings bird-safe and encouraging everyone to do their part at work and at home to help protect birds from the hazards of window collisions. Numerous associations endorse WIngs; the Milwaukee and Madison Audubon Societies, Milwaukee's Urban Ecology Center, the Milwaukee Zoological Society, the Wisconsin Audubon Council, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and Birder's World Magazine.