C. Provide evidence (e.g., official designation of natural areas, easements, etc.) that existing bird habitat within community limits has legal protection. (Exclusions: Leash laws; prohibitions against disturbing nests and wildlife; areas consisting primarily of mowed grass)
In 2013, Brookfield acquired an additional 0.34 acres of wetlands for park and conservation use. On Nov. 15, 2011, the City of Brookfield adopted and approved the transfer of ownership and related conservation easements between Brookfield and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) stemming from Brookfield’s Wetlands Acquisition Fund. The easement of these newly acquired properties provides an additional 50+ acres of habitat for parks and forestry conservation.
D. Document that current municipal planning seeks to provide additional bird habitat.
The 2013 summary of their Open Space Plan explicitly mentions that environmental corridors and isolated natural resource areas should be protected by public acquisition or zoning.
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.
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The City of Brookfield continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1998.
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 ABC brochure "Cats, Birds and You" -- designed to educate residents -- is being provided by the Elm Brook Humane Society on its web site. Studies in Wisconsin and elsewhere indicate that free-ranging domestic cats pose a threat to birds and other wildlife. Estimates are that millions of birds are being killed annually in Wisconsin by cats.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
An American Bird Conservancy handout "You Can Save Birds from Flying into Windows" is being offered to residents at three Civic Center locations. There are also a number of wildlife links on the City’s website.
B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
Brookfield makes its conservation-oriented web links easier to find than many community web sites. Click on "Residents" then "Wildlife in Brookfield" and you find a lot of good links and information.
To enhance appreciation and maintenance of backyard habitat, the site provides several web links. You can find information on bird identification, how-to's (such as preventing bird window strikes), and other useful articles on protecting the environment. These links follow:
E. Illustrate a program that involves schools, garden clubs, or other organizations in bird conservation activities.
The Elmbrook School District’s Nature Center (where Brookfield held its first two IMBD events) has had a longstanding practice of offering students an opportunity to study birds in their natural habitats as well as other plant and wild life topics. Brookfield Elementary and Burleigh Elementary regularly have field trips to the Nature Center, generally in the months of April and May but even in December.
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)
A. This community's municipal body passed the required International Migratory Bird Day resolution.
The first Saturday in June (7:30 am – 12:00 pm), the City of Brookfield celebrates IMBD at the Brookfield Farmer’s Market in a cooperative effort with the Village of Elm Grove, another Bird City. The educational event allows residents to learn about birds, ask questions about backyard habitat and plants, and pick up helpful articles on birds in our area. Over the past several years the IMBD in Brookfield has been held at the Brookfield Farmer’s Market to garner increased interest and awareness of the importance for caring for the wildlife in their community. The majority of vendors for this specific Saturday are related to birds.