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.
Information on the City’s website directs readers to the WI DNR website for information on invasive species identification and removal, including Buckthorn, garlic mustard, and others, so they can identify and manage invasives on their own property. Here is the information from the City of Hudson website: "An important part of creating safe habitat for birds is ensuring the removal of invasive species. There are many non-native plants in our state that without natural controls can overrun native species. There is information available to help citizens identify and remove invasive species at the Wisconsin DNR website. After removing the invasive plants, consider planting native species to attract birds and other pollinators to your yard."
L. Show that your community has restored at least two acres of woodlands, wetlands, or prairie.
The City of Hudson in partnership with the Hudson Middle School has worked to restore ten plus acres of city property to prairie, wetland and woodland which is now used as a school forest by the adjacent Hudson Middle School. This partnership has been active for over 10 years. A newspaper article from the early years of restoration is included here: Removing Buckthorn from the School Forest
N. Show that your community works on public lands to control invasive species that have significant negative impacts on bird habitat.
The city is actively working on removing buckthorn from city property through partnerships with Rotary International and community businesses, several workdays were completed to remove buckthorn in Prospect Park. A grant funded the use of goats to assist in the continuing effort to remove buckthorn in Prospect Park in the City of Hudson.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
The City of Hudson is a Tree City USA. Here are two links documenting our status as a Tree City, USA, which was initially granted in 2010: Arbor Day Foundation list of 2020 Tree City USA CommunitiesTree City Directory, and an article describing our annual Arbor Day event Hudson Tree City Event. The Hudson Urban Forestry Board has created several Tree Treks at local schools and within the community.
E. Show that your forester, a member of your tree board, or another person currently responsible for managing your community’s trees has completed the Wisconsin DNR’s Wisconsin Tree Management Institute.
Mike Mroz, Director of Public Works and Parks, completed the Wisconsin Tree Management Institute in 2018.
Limiting or Removing Threats to Birds
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
As a part of their annual Migratory Bird Celebration, Tropical Wings provides information on how the public can protect birds from window strikes. The City of Hudson includes a link on the city website on how community members can protect birds from window strikes. Bird City WI - Ten Ways to Help Birds
Hudson is a location for the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Hudson CBC is part of the National Audubon Society’s MNAF CBC or Afton Minnesota bird count. We report the results from the Wisconsin side separately to the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology as the Hudson Christmas Bird Count.
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.
M. Show that your community participates in the Natural Resources Foundation’s Great Wisconsin Birdathonto raise money for your community and for statewide conservation.
Tropical Wings has participated in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon since 2018 when it was a part of our International Migratory Bird Day celebration. In 2020 the team spent a Covid safe morning at Willow River State Park near Hudson on July 15, saw 66 different species and raised about $800. No event was held in 2021 due to Covid, but plans are underway to participate in 2022.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)
A. This community's municipal body passed the required World Migratory Bird Day resolution.
Tropical Wings held a bird celebration in October of 2021. The event started with an early morning bird hike at Belwin Conservancy's Creative Center, followed by a program that featured presentations by our habitat grant recipients, reporting on the progress of their restoration projects; and a keynote presentation by Nito Paniagua from Costa Rica on the neotropical migratory birds we share and the ecosystems on which they are dependent. We are currently planning our 2022 event and plan to do a socially distanced outdoor bird hike in May, and work with local fourth graders to create a tropical rainforest at the Phipps Center for the Arts, where children will learn about and create neotropical migratory birds, and migrate with them from their school to the Phipps Center for the Arts. Please watch our website for details: www.tropicalwings.org
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