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Village of Bayside

Village of Bayside

Habitat Creation, Protection, and Monitoring

A. Comply with Wisconsin's "Smart Growth" law for land use planning and resource management. This criterion is an option only for applications submitted before July 1, 2017.

The Village of Bayside Comprehensive Plan indicates the Village is in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law. The Comprehensive “Smart Growth” Plan was adopted by Village Resolution 09-20.

E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.

The Village does not have an ordinance restricting “wild” or natural lawns and landscaping. Village Ordinance 14-218 outlines lawn and landscaping maintenance in the Village. As this is the case, such natural habitats are allowable in the Village to promote bird habitat. Residents may keep their properties in a natural state, and the Village does not have any plans to impose restrictions on this landscaping.

F. Show that your community offers the public information on how they can control and remove invasive species in order to improve or maintain bird habitat.

The Village of Bayside Invasive Species page on the Village’s website provides multiple links for residents to use to obtain more information about the various invasive species that may be affecting our community.

G. Document that there is a segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail or a designated Important Bird Area within or adjacent to your community.

The Village of Bayside is home to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, which contains a segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail. The Nature Center offers six miles of trails that take visitors through 185 unique acres of forests, wetlands, restored prairies, ravines, bluffs, and Lake Michigan shoreline. The Nature Center is also a designated Important Bird Area because of the habitat provided by the lake for certain waterfowl and a birding hot spot due the location within a migratory flyway.

N. Show that your community works on public lands to control invasive species that have significant negative impacts on bird habitat.

The Village works to control buckthorn and other invasive species within Village rights-of-way. This Village cleared out the rights-of-way for three properties this past year at 202 E Brown Deer Road,  230 E Brown Deer Road, and at 821 W Laramie Lane. The Public Works crew continually monitors rights-of-way throughout the entire Village and works invasive removal and landscape restoration into the summer schedule. 

Community Forest Management

A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Bayside continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2008. In addition, the Village has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and DNR for a Growth Award.

Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds

A. Describe your community’s educational program to control free-roaming cats and/or the manner in which you actively publicize the Cats Indoors! initiative.

The American Bird Conservancy publication Cats, Birds, and You is available at the Village website under the Newsletters and Publications page.

Public Education

C. Demonstrate that your community is represented in at least one citizen science bird monitoring program (e.g., the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, Swift Night Out).

The Village of Bayside continues to support teams in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Residents were encouraged to pledge to this program as a way to be involved or to participate with the count. Residents were notified of the event through Bayside’s e-newsletters.

Energy & Sustainability

D. Document that your community has been recognized as a Green Tier Legacy Community.

The Village is a Green Tier Legacy Community as noted here: 

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

A. This community's municipal body passed the required International Migratory Bird Day resolution.

B. Document and describe your event that incorporates the annual IMBD theme in some fashion. If the event has not yet occurred, please share your detailed plans. For information on the current year’s theme and event materials, please visit the International Migratory Bird Day website. To see what other Bird City communities have done in the past, please view some other profiles on our website.

Annually, the Village advertises events at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center for International Migratory Bird Day. The Village has several means to communicate this information, which the Bayside Buzz (weekly e-newsletter), Facebook, Twitter, and the Village Scene (a monthly print newsletter).

Below is sample content of what the Village will post in 2018.

As part of the Village’s Bird City USA designation, the Village will recognize May 12, 2018 as International Migratory Bird Day. This day highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Celebrate the event at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center (tagged) by:

Joining the Raptors in Focus event to capture photos for yourself or submit them for consideration in the 2018 Schlitz Audubon Raptor Calendar. Pre-registration is required.


Joined Bird City: 2010

Population: 4,389

Incorporated: 1953

Area: 2.39 mi2

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