Fort Wayne celebrates Bird Town designation

Children at Franke Park Elementary School take in a celebration of Fort Wayne's Bird Town Indiana designation.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Officials from the city of Fort Wayne and the Audubon Society joined children at Franke Park Elementary School Wednesday morning to celebrate Fort Wayne’s designation as the fifth Bird Town Indiana by the Indiana Audubon Society.

The designation is awarded by the Indiana Audubon Society to communities that demonstrate an active and ongoing commitment to the protection and conservation of bird populations and habitat.

“We’d like to thank Dave Fox and Jeff Canada from the Audubon Society for making the application process for this designation so simple,” said Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll. “We plan to offer more birding programs in the future, and invite birders from all over the world to visit our parks.”

Along with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the Allen County Parks Department, ACRES Land Trust and Little River Wetlands Project all contributed to achieving the designation through their efforts to preserve and restore wildlife habitats in the Fort Wayne area, a news release said.

Each organization also provides educational programs to citizens and schools about nature and preservation.

Bird Town Indiana signs will soon be posted in parks most known for their walking trails in order to make bird watching more convenient, city leaders said. Those parks are Franke, Salomon, Kreager, Buckner, and Lindenwood Nature Preserve.

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