The City erected six North American Bluebird Society (NABS) boxes on Distribution Drive which are monitored for songbirds by Jack Bartholmai as a part of the project.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Beaver Dam continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1991.
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.
In accordance with Beaver Dam city ordinance Sec. 10-24: animals are not to run at large and also institutes a leash law requiring cats to be leashed or restrained at all times. Furthermore, the American Bird Conservancy “Cats, Birds and You” brochure appears on the City of Beaver Dam’s website under the Bird City heading.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
The City of Beaver Dam’s website also contains a link to the American Bird Conservancy “You can Save Birds from Flying into Windows!” brochure.
Beaver Dam is represented in the Great Backyard Bird Count annually. Beaver Dam residents are encouraged to participate in the event each year by making notices and those that do participate are vigilant in posting data on the GBBC website for Dodge County sightings. For information on getting involved consult their website.
We had several programs and activities planned in 2020 that were canceled including Earth Day programming and a trip to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. We did, however, partner with the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center and Marsh Haven to host virtual programs focused on birds. We also encouraged residents to participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count and promoted the activity on social media and through email blasts to thousands of people in our database. We will continue to partner with the Horicon Marsh Education & Visitor Center and Marsh Haven to host virtual programs and will promote The Great Backyard Bird Count in 2021. We are also planning a story walk and other activities that people can enjoy and learn about birds at their own convenience and in a safe way while we are still in the pandemic.