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City of Beaver Dam

City of Beaver Dam

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 City of Beaver Dam has adopted and approved a “Smart Growth” plan. They are currently in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management.

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 City of Beaver Dam offers information on the Emerald Ash Borer to the public through the Parks and Forestry Department and also links to additional information.

V. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

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.

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).

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.

Energy & Sustainability

I. Document that your community is part of the Energy Independent Community program.

The City of Beaver Dam has adopted goals to become an energy independent community. Click this link for more information. 

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.

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.

Joined Bird City: 2012

Population: 16,291

Incorporated: 1856

Area: 8.17 mi2

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