Peabody* is a
male White-throated Sparrow. He is also one of tens
of thousands of migratory birds who pass through
Milwaukee twice each year as they migrate north
in the spring and south in the fall.
Peabody had the great misfortune of colliding with
a lighted tall building while he migrated north
through the city this past spring. The collision
fractured bones in his left wing and Peabody certainly
would have died if Bill hadn't helped.
Bill is a Bird
Collision Monitor for the Wisconsin Humane Society’s
Night Guardians for Songbirds) program. He found
Peabody, gently captured him and brought him to
the Wisconsin Humane Society’s
Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 45th and Wisconsin.
The Center’s skilled staff splinted Peabody’s
broken wing. For three weeks the Center’s
dedicated volunteers cared for him in the WHS wildlife
hospital as his body mended. Much to everyone’s
delight, Peabody was released to go back on his
way northward toward his species' breeding grounds.
not every window collision victim is as fortunate
as Peabody. Estimates place the number of native
birds killed in window collisions across North America
at between 100 million and one billion birds each
You can help birds like Peabody fly safely through
Milwaukee by joining WIngs!
*Why Peabody? The
White-throated Sparrow’s whistled song has
a cadence that some say sounds like,“Old-Sam-Pee-bo-dy.”