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City of Glendale

City of Glendale

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 Glendale Common Council passed the Smart Growth resolution on August 8, 2011 and passed the Plan Commission Smart Growth resolution on August 2, 2011. Glendale’s Smart Growth plan can be found on the City’s website.

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)

There are several protected parks and green spaces in Glendale. Of these, popular birding spot Kletzsch Park is probably the most significant.

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 Glendale has published articles both on the City’s website and in the City’s newsletter regarding control options for both gypsy moths and emerald ash borer. The Friends of Kletzsch Park also promotes the removal of garlic mustard and buckthorn and organizes efforts to remove these species from Kletzsch.

Community Forest Management

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

The City of Glendale continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1999.

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.

Glendale's website offers residents information to help control free-roaming cats and/or actively publicizes the "Cats Indoors!" program.

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

Glendale’s website offers residents information on the threats that cats pose to birds as well as providing suggestions on reducing window strikes. In addition, city staff has added reflective bird strike decals to the windows at City Hall and the Department of Public Works.

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.

Glendale's website was updated in January 2016 with an article on creating a backyard habitat for birds and links to cats indoors, make your windows bird-safe, bird related publications, how to attract birds  to your yards, and Audubon at home. We further improved the website by adding links to the Bird City Wisconsin and Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail webpages.

Energy & Sustainability

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

In 2010, the City of Glendale, working with Johnson Controls, performed an energy audit of the Department of Public Works Building and updated the HVAC, using Johnson Controls high-efficiency units.

J. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

In 2009, the City converted all 19 signalized intersections and various sections of street lighting along N. Port Washington Rd. to LED. In addition, the City has converted the parking lot lighting at City Hall and DPW to LED, as well as exterior building and soffit lighting to LED. Lastly, the City installed a solar-powered RRFB pedestrian sign on Bender Rd., West of N. Jean Nicolet Rd.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

A. This community's municipal body passed the required International 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 International Migratory Bird Day website. To see what other Bird City communities have done in the past, please view some other profiles on our website.

The City of Glendale plans to coordinate with the Friends of Kletzsch Park for the 2018 International Migratory Bird celebration at Kletzsch Park.

Joined Bird City: 2015

Population: 12,872

Incorporated: 1950

Area: 5.97 mi2

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