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Town of Presque Isle

Community Achievements

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.

Presque Isle has adopted and approved an ordinance that is in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management and currently remains in compliance.

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)

Bird monitoring results obtained from local volunteers at the North Lakeland Discovery Center were submitted for the Presque Isle Rearing Ponds, Van Vliet Hemlocks Natural Area and the Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area. Erica LeMoine, LoonWatch Program Coordinator at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, in Ashland reports: “It looks like we have 4 loon rangers from Presque Isle who are monitoring Big Horsehead, Big Hurst, Annabelle and Van Vliet lakes for our Annual Loon Population Survey.”

2015 – Since the year 2009, Presque Isle has added Loon Rangers to the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Loon Watch Program at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. The number of lakes monitored has risen from four (4) to thirteen (13) lakes.

Allen Eschenbauch, President of the Last Wilderness Conservation Association, reports: “The Van Vliet Hemlocks (a stand of old growth hemlocks that the association is trying to save) is an area owned by the State and overseen by The Board of Commissioners of Public Land. In an effort to demonstrate public appreciation of this area, the Board of Commissioners of Public Land and a group of interested people are mapping and signing the trails in this area and erecting an informational kiosk. To garner a little publicity, a ribbon cutting ceremony was planned to coincide with the Discovery Centers Annual Bird Festival.

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

Long-term plans seeks to add native fruit- and seed-bearing trees, shrubs and grasses to attract additional species to an 84-acre tract of land that has contained two large walleye-rearing ponds. The land was turned over to the town by the DNR.

In 2012, one of Presque Isle’s goals was to increase the plant population of the north pond of Pipke Park. Because of certain delays the Beatification Committee were unable to accomplish that goal. In 2013, they planted 94 new native trees and have plans of adding seed and fruit bearing grasses, shrubs, trees and other perennials to attract migratory birds, bees, and butterflies. This is in effort of a five year plan to renew and restore native trees and shrubs in Pipke Park. In addition, Beautification Committee coordinators have attended various workshops about landscaping for birds showing their dedication to providing a healthy community for both birds and people.

The Town of Presque Isle, the Park Committee and numerous volunteers, have completed the majority of phase two of the Pipke Park development project. The second phase includes approximately 2 ½

miles of primitive trail, approximately 5 foot wide foot bridges over wetland area, totaling 570 feet. The majority of the path is located in the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest, providing a variety of habitats for the bird population and bird watchers.

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.

Garlic mustard informational brochures have been placed at town office, library and

Chamber of Commerce. Ian Shakeford, Invasive Species Coordinator with the Ottawa National

Forest produced maps of infested area. Town Board has appointed a Terrestrial Invasive Species Committee to oversee eradication.

G. Document that there is a segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail or a designated Important Bird Area within or adjacent to your community.

The Presque Isle area includes three Important Bird Areas. Catherine Wolter Wilderness Area, Northern Highland - American Legion State Forest, and North Lakeland Discovery Center all provide terrific opportunities to observe and harbor wildlife and native vegetation.

V. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

The Park Committee applied and received a grant to restore a large section of the shoreline of Presque Isle Lake which had eroded over the years. The Beautification Committee in conjunction with the Park Board planted over 1800 native plants, shrubs, trees and we maintained and irrigated the new plants year-round.

In addition, the Beautification Committee coordinators have attended:

           

  • Landscaping for Migratory Birds, February 12th, 2014 at Northland College in Ashland, WI.
  • Grosbeaks Galore, Birds in Your Landscape, May 9th, 2015 at Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers, WI.

Community Forest Management

F. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

Steve Petersen, superintendent of the Northern Highland – American Legion State Forest, reports:

A large part of Presque Isle is owned by the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources and managed as the Northern Highland American Legion State Forest (NHALSF). The NHALSF was established in 1925 and much of the ownership in Presque Isle has been continuous since the early 1900’s. The NHALSF operates under a master plan approved by the Natural Resources Board in October, 2005 and which was developed with significant public input. In addition, the NHALSF is certified as sustainably managed by both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and by the Forest Stewardship Council. Both of these programs promote and assess effective community forest management practices.

There are also significant blocks of private lands administered under the state’s Managed Forest Law program, assuring that there is a professionally prepared management plan that guides forest management and it is certified by the Tree Farm organization.

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.

Presque Isle actively publicizes the American Bird Conservancy's “Cats Indoors!” program. It also provides easy-to-obtain information to property owners regarding protecting birds from window-strikes. The American Bird Conservancy leaflet, “You Can Save Birds from Flying into Windows”, and the brochure “Cats, Birds and You” are distributed at the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Hall.

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

Presque Isle actively publicizes the American Bird Conservancy's “Cats Indoors!” program. It also provides easy-to-obtain information to property owners regarding protecting birds from window-strikes. The American Bird Conservancy leaflet, “You Can Save Birds from Flying into Windows”, and the brochure “Cats, Birds and You” are distributed at the Chamber of Commerce and the Town Hall.

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.

Presque Isle provides information to property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds. The Presque Isle Town Hall and the Chamber of Commerce provide the Audubon brochure “Bird Feeding Basics” and makes available “Beyond the Bird feeder: Creating a Bird-Friendly Yard with Native Wisconsin Plants.”

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).

Leif Williams, Science Teacher at North Lakeland Elementary School, reports: “North Lakeland sixth graders participate in two bird ecology/bird watching programs each spring. One is run by the North Lakeland Discovery Center and the other is part of our school’s Outdoor Education program. The seventh graders will be volunteering with the Discovery Center for the third year on a purple loosestrife control project.”

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

The Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the North Lakeland Discovery Center and the North Lakeland Discovery Center and Discovery Center Bird Club annual Northwoods Birding Festival. The Bird Club is trying to develop, with the chambers and towns, a corridor of bird viewing areas to educate the townspeople and visitors of the Northwoods.

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.

The Town of Presque Isle celebrated IMBD in conjunction with the North Lakeland Discovery Center’s annual Northwoods Birding Festival in May, 2016.

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Community Details

Joined Bird City: 2011

Population: 616

Incorporated: 1907

Area: 74.4 mi2

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