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Village of Elm Grove

Village of Elm Grove

Habitat Creation, Protection, and Monitoring

B. Describe organized bird monitoring or data obtained from researchers or volunteers in the local park system. (Exclusions: Programs that receive credit under 4C: Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, Swift Night Out)

February 15, 2019 was a cold windy day like it was 2018 but the temperature was in the single didgits because of the Polar Vortex for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Two in this group traveled through the park about 1.2 miles  listening and observing nine different species. I can only believe this number will drop due to the large amount of ash being removed from EAB plus the control of invasive Buckthorn.  

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)

As an avid birder and eBird contributor, Village Forester Ron Hill, understands the importance of landscaping for migratory birds and has attended Bird City workshops, including 2014, 2016 and the lastest in 2018, on the subject to enhance that natural community. The 16 acres of natural areas are maintained by limited and proper timing of mowing, burning and in extreme circumstances chemical treatments. Plantings in the park from 2018 and 2019 include different species of evergreens for bird habitate.  

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

In most urban communities extensive turf areas are the norm. The Tree and Vegetation ordinance (266) was amended in 2008 to allow homeowners to grow wild areas for bird protection. In 2015 ordinance (112) was changed to allow burning, under certain circumstances, to enhance wild areas for bird habitat.

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.

In 2015, Elm Grove improved their city website to include many new links related to invasive species control.

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

Invasive species is a constent problem and in Elm Grove an effort every year is to remove them from our communittee. 

Community Forest Management

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

Elm Grove continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1990.

C. Document an ongoing community program to incorporate a significant number of native trees, native shrubs, native herbaceous plants, and/or cultivars of native species in public or large-scale private landscaping.

The Village of Elm Grove has always been a proponent of native species in the appropriate place.

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.

Elm Grove’s website offers information on birds and cats as well as on preventing window strikes.

B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).

Elm Grove’s website offers information on birds and cats as well as on preventing window strikes.

Public Education

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.

Elm Grove’s website provides information on bird conservation and landscaping for natural habitat that benefits wildlife as well as a variety of additional links on its website. The website allows free and easy access for citizens to gather information on bird-related issues and building healthier communities for birds and people.

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).

Residents of Elm Grove have also been active in citizen science programs, including the Great Backyard Bird Count. With the addition of the bird cam everyone can watch the feeding stations in the park. Go to Elm Grove’s web page and watch for yourself. These programs are a wonderful way to involve students and citizens in public education in a way that promotes community pride.

F. Demonstrate that your community understands the critical ecological role of pollinators by documenting your Bee City USA status or by describing another substantial effort to promote pollinator health (for ideas visit the Xerxes Society and the Pollinator Partnership).

The Village also has an educational online bird cam that was funded by the women’s Club of Elm Grove.

G. Provide a link to your community’s Bird City Wisconsin webpage, which must be visible from the main page of your municipal website (it may be located at the first level of a drop down menu on the main page but cannot be any less visible) OR demonstrate that your Bird City effort has a significant social media presence.

The Village web page provides access to Bird City under the Wild Life section.

Energy & Sustainability

A. Document an energy audit for a municipal building and show that your community is working to implement its recommendations.

Energy savings should be on the minds of all individuals. In 2017 the Village Hall and grounds had an energy audit with the help of Tower Energy. In 2018 light fixtures, switches and the lights themselves were changed to more efficient electric components to reduce the cost of electricity and the green house gases they produce.

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.

Elm Grove and Brookfield’s World Migratory Bird Day programs joined forces many years ago to present Elmbrook Migratory Bird Day. On the first Saturday in June at the Brookfield Farmers Market from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. celebrate the anniversary of the statewide program known as Bird City. Residents can learn about backyard plantings that will attract birds including hummingbirds. Elm Grove Forester Ron Hill will provide suggestions for landscaping for migratory birds during the event.

Local activism is at the heart of effective conservation, and it’s what World Migratory Bird Day is all about. The annual event is now coordinated by Environment for the Americas and has gained widespread popularity, hosted by over 450 organizations throughout the Western Hemisphere. More so than any other state in the nation, Wisconsin's eyes have been fixed on the spectacle of migration during the month of May. Prime bird migration routes are along the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. The Elm Grove/Brookfield event will be held on the Brookfield City Hall grounds during the weekly Farmers Market event which draws large crowds. Visitors will learn about the Bird City program and what is required to maintain “Flight Status”.

Joined Bird City: 2011

Population: 5,934

Incorporated: 1955

Area: 3.29 mi2

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