Making our communities healthy for birds... and people

City of Kaukauna

City of Kaukauna

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 Kaukauna is in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management. The most recent plan was adopted by the Common Council in January of 2013.

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)

The City has a number of natural areas within its park system with habitat for birds including the 1000 Islands Conservancy Zone, Konkapot Creek Trail, Konkapot Preserve and Nature View Park to name a few. Evidence of this comes from an eBird article written by Kaukauna resident and avid birder as well as his patch life list from the community.

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)

The City’s main bird habitat, 1000 Islands Conservancy Zone, was set aside in 1969 and continues to be protected from development. The property, including a nature center, is governed by a 9 member committee appointed by the mayor. 1000 Islands Conservancy Zone was also featured in an eBird article entitled “August Hotspot of the Month”.

D. Document that current municipal planning seeks to provide additional bird habitat.

The City recently acquired about one mile of rail line along the Fox River from the CN Railraod. This will allow the City to remove invasive plant species, replant native plants, and establish nature viewing areas, particularly for migratory waterfowl.

L. Show that your community has restored at least two acres of woodlands, wetlands, or prairie.

The Konkapot Preserve is a two+ acre prairie restoration completed under the management of McMahon and Associates wetland and vegitation specialist. The restoration is part of the cap for a closed private landfill of 20 acres. The City has also placed signs identifying the plant species as the site is accessable to the public via walking trails.

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

City Crews and volunteers removed Buckthorn and Queen Anns Lace to allow more bird friendly vegitation to take hold.

Community Forest Management

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

The City of Kaukauna continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1993.

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 American Bird Conservancy program, “Cats Indoors” is promoted on the 1000 Islands website. There is a link from the City of Kaukauna website as well as the 1000 Islands Environmental Center website, providing the information for the entire community. 1000 Islands also regularly hosts wildlife rehabilitators to come in for educational programming often including the importance of keeping cats inside.

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 Kaukauna as well as 1000 Islands Environmental Center website includes a page of information for property owners and other individuals regarding protecting birds from window strikes as well as contact information for licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the area to seek help for window strike or other bird and wildlife injuries. Beginning with our International Migratory Bird Day celebration we have also begun to stock Window Alert clings in our small gift shop so that city residents and visitors have access to window-strike deterrents.

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.

The city of Kaukauna helps educate residents on landscaping for birds as well as other bird friendly practices in a number of ways. The 1000 Islands Environmental Center website has a page dedicated to giving nature a helping hand.

As the City of Kaukauna has recently created a new website, we are currently working on a section dedicated to tips for homeowners to create a healthier habitat for birds similar to the 1000 Islands page as well. In the meantime, residents can learn ways to help migratory birds through our Bird City page.

In addition to web links, Kaukauna also incorporated bird friendly habits, like landscaping with native plants in our Earth Day Celebration activities.

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).

The western portion of the City is included in the Appleton Christmas Bird Count Circle (WIAP). Although 1000 Islands is not technically within the circle, it is still included in the count annually, as the data is helpful to the research and geographically, it is difficult to include the remaining portion of the city in a circle without overlapping with the neighboring Green Bay (WIGB), Stockbridge (WISE) and Menchalville (WIMV) circles.

D. Describe your community-sponsored annual bird festival. This must be a multi-day event or a truly exceptional one-day event.

The City of Kaukauna hosts an annual celebration of the Bald Eagles that winter along the Fox River. The Eagle Days celebration began in 2012 and is a free public education event for people throughout the local, regional communities to view and learn more about bald eagles. The annual celebration focuses on viewing sites, formal presentations on the past, present and future of bald eagles, and live bird programs.

Energy & Sustainability

F. Demonstrate that your community participates in a community solar program or that a municipal building receives a significant percentage of its electricity from renewable energy.

The City recently completed a new Municipal Building and Fire Station. Both buildings are heated and cooled by use of geothermal wells. Aditionally, both buildings have several banks of solar panels on the roof. Records indicate that at times the Municipal building has produced more electric than it used (rare occation).

J. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

The City established one of the first Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) prorams in the State. This program helps businesses to reduce energy consumption by providing low interest municipal loans to install high energy efficient products and/or renewable energy products.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

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.

On January 3, 2017. The City of Kaukauna Common Council approved resolution no. 4072 designating May 13, 2017 as International Migratory Bird Day. On May 12, 2016 the 1000 Islands Environmental Center held an International Migratory Bird Party in cooperation with the Kaukauna Public Library. The program consisted of games, stories and crafts that are not only fun but help to understand the importance of our migratory birds. The City adopted the IMBD Resolution for 2018 on January 16, 2018.

Joined Bird City: 2015

Population: 15,462

Incorporated: 1885

Area: 8.06 mi2

Community Website

Community Map