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 Plymouth contains many recreational parks that provide excellent habitat for many bird species. Most of the parks contain several different species trees and shrubs. Plymouth’s “Smart Growth” plan, City of Plymouth Comprehensive Plan, discusses the importance of developing neighborhoods to take advantage of the environmental corridors found within the City. It states that future neighborhood park sites would be appropriate along these corridors thus providing more bird habitat within the City.
Birds are an important of any community, and Plymouth has provided protected habitats specifically for birds and are expanding such habitats throughout Plymouth. Much of the wooded area around the Mullet River and several of our parks have designated bird habitats. H.M. Meyer Nature Park (300 Daleview Drive) is a 25 acre park located in the southwest portion of the city, adjacent to the Mullet River. This park has undergone renovation to restore the land. The dam was removed, restoring the meandering Mullet River that flowed naturally through the area. Extensive wildflowers and plants have prospered, making a great natural habitat for birds.
E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.
Plymouth has an ordinance to allow natural or prairie lawns within the City.
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.
There has been organized community-wide effort in the City of Plymouth to control invasive species, especially Garlic Mustard. The invasive species coordinator is stationed in Plymouth and regularly prints articles in the Plymouth Review regarding control and removal of invasive species.
Information for the public on several different invasive species including: Garlic Mustard, Gypsy Moths, Buckthorn and Emerald Ash Borer can be found at City Hall.
The Wisconsin DNR has a service center located in the City of Plymouth where staff is available to the public with questions on invasive species control methods and other natural resources concerns.
Cards that detail invasive species in Wisconsin are provided by the DNR and are available at Plymouth’s City Hall and at their Public Library. They also provide links to the DNR’s website so people can find out more about invasive species in Wisconsin and their county.
Community Forest Management
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Plymouth continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1993. There is an active tree planting program in the city parks as documented in the 2009 Outdoor Recreation Plan.
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.
On the City of Plymouth’s website, under the citizen info tab, is information on the Bird City Wisconsin program including a link about cats and birds. Located inside of Plymouth City Hall are brochures on Cats Indoors.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
Also on our City of Plymouth website, we have a link with information about avoiding bird window strikes. Also, on the same website, new residents can download the New Resident Brochure (which features information about Bird City). The Plymouth Chamber of Commerce has this brochure printed out and sends it to residents seeking City information, and it is also handed out to new residents who come to the Chamber Office.
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’s website offers links to web pages that provide information on cat hazards, bird strikes, landscaping to attract birds and invasive species. They have developed a new website that is easier to navigate. Under their Citizen Information section they now have a Bird City Wisconsin page. The page details what it means to be a Bird City and provides information and/or links to information as stated above.
Also on their website they provide links to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Audubon Society, Mother Earth News, the WI DNR and Bird City Wisconsin as places to go for information about creating bird habitat. They have added additional content to their website that provides residents with tips for improving the habitability of their gardens and gives tips for preventing window strikes, rather than only listing other sites as resources.
The City of Plymouth Parks and Recreation Department website provides several different links to information on the creation and enhancement of backyard habitats such as: Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Backyard Conservation, National Audubon Society, and Wisconsin Society of Ornithology.
The Christmas Bird Count was held on December 21, 2019, with 41 species observed. (Increase over 2018 with 39 observed). Results can be found http://netapp.audubon.org/CBCObservation/CurrentYear/ResultsByCount.aspx and are loaded in the "Photo and Document" tab.
E. Illustrate a program that involves schools, garden clubs, or other organizations in bird conservation activities.
Plymouth Parkview Elementary School has a Bird Club where the custodian, Mr. Roehre, (a bird enthusiast) guides the Bird Club on hikes around the school grounds to look for birds. Parkview has 12 acres and a great mix of habitats, from neighboring houses with wooded lots and bird feeders to a corner nature center. We hold our IMBD ceremony at Parkview Elementary School every spring, with the Mayor. Parkview Bird Club tallies 28 species
Also, Plymouth has a Bird and Nature Club that meets at Plymouth Intergeneration Center once a Month. All Visitors are welcomed to attend. There are featured speakers at each of these meetings. There are two bird counts done by this group, one being during IMBD (May Day Count) and another for the Christmas Count.
Energy & Sustainability
A. Document an energy audit for a municipal building and show that your community is working to implement its recommendations.
In 2017 CESA 10 Facilities Managment Department (CESA FM) had a team conduct an on-site energy audit on four municipal buildings.
For 2020, Plymouth will do what it has in the past for the IMBD celebration. We will continue to work with Parkview Elementary Schools Bird Club, and hold a celebration with Plymouth's Mayor Pohlman, Parkviews 3rd Grade Class, Mr. Roehre (school custodian in charge of their bird club), school officials and the Chamber of Commerce. This celebration gets coverage in the newspaper, in social media and in the school's publications. We will hold this celebration in May, working with the school and the city's schedule. Recap from the 2019 celebration can be found here: http://www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/news/190610PVbird.html