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's website Residents section under Parks & Forestry links to information on Invasive Species which 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 hotspot 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. The Public Works crew continually monitors rights-of-way throughout the entire Village and works invasive removal and landscape restoration into the summer schedule. 

V. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

At the Village’s Ellsworth Park, an effort was coordinated with a local resident to install three nest boxes for bird habitat and increased bird activity. These nest boxes are the Audubon "X-Box" approved design that was recommended in 2010 by the North American Bluebird Society. They feature a double roof. The roof you has the slightly extended front overhang which adds predator protection. The entry portal is the recommended 1.5-inch diameter for Eastern Bluebirds, but is effectively doubled in depth by adding a predator baffle over the portal. It has ventilation holes on the sides, drainage notches on the bottom, and opens easily for nest-checks during the breeding/nesting season, as well as for fall cleaning. There are kerf cuts on the inside front below the portal which serves as a ladder for the fledging babies as they attempt to exit the nest box and test their wings. They are very strongly built using construction-grade cedar and are intended to last for years. They are placed at a height of about 5 feet to add additional predator protection; this is right in the sweet-spot of height recommendations for this species. They face approximately east to allow for sun warming, but the boxes are not painted or finished to prevent over-heating and toxic fumes which many wood finishes can release. 

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.

F. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

The Village has implemented an Adopt-A-Tree program that works to maintain the number of trees in our community while we deal with Emerald Ash Borer. Residents and the Village can purchase trees which get planted, mulched, and receive a watering bag. This effort works to keep the diversity of trees in the community and keep the number of trees in the Village while we remove sick and dying trees. 

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.

F. Demonstrate that your community enforces an ordinance that requires domestic cats to be kept indoors, on a leash, or in an enclosure to prevent them from preying on birds and other wildlife and spreading disease.

No person may permit an animal to run at-large by opening any door or gate of any premises or loosen any restraining device or otherwise entice any animal to leave any place of confinement.

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.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

A. This community's municipal body passed the required World 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 World 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 World 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 what the Village posted in 2018.

Join us in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day on May 12. Migratory birds are some of the most beautiful and easily-observed wildlife. Celebrate this year by taking part in Schlitz Audubon Nature Center events and put a team together for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon.


Joined Bird City: 2010

Population: 4,389

Incorporated: 1953

Area: 2.39 mi2

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