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City of Princeton

City of Princeton

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 Princeton has ordinances on regulation of natural landscapes Sec.8-1-5 and Regulation of Length of Lawn and Grasses Sec.8-l-6 and thus does not restrict natural or “wild” lawns.

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 Princeton provides information to citizens on their website about invasive plants in Wisconsin. This information can be found under Bird Awareness.

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 City of Princeton is located just a few minutes from five Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail sites. They include White River Sedge Meadow State Wildlife Area, Mecan River Pine-Oak State Natural Area, Comstock Bog-Meadow State Natural Area, Puchyan Prairie State Natural Area, and Snake Creek Fen State Natural Area.

Community Forest Management

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

The City of Princeton continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2008. The City’s activities include management plans, outreach/educational programs, and information dissemination.

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).

The City of Princeton has information available on its website about preventing bird collisions.

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 Princeton’s website boasts a wide variety of bird-friendly links. Topics include Giving Birds What They Need, Speedy Aerialists, Plants for Songbirds, Helping Purple Martins, Best Practices, and How to Get Birds You Love in Your Backyard.

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 City of Princeton participated in the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count and recorded observations on eBird. The species that were counted included Canada Geese, Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Blue Jays, House Sparrows, Purple Fiches, American Goldfinches, Northern Cardinals, American Tree Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, American Crows, and Black-capped Nuthatches. Eight families and twelve individuals participated.

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

The 8th Annual Whooping Crane Festival took place in Princeton, on September 7, 8, and 9,  2018.  Friday evening Kick off Dinner with guest speaker Dr. Misty McPhee, an Associate Professor of environmental science and wildlife behavior at UW-Oshkosh.  Saturday the speakers included:  Beverly Paulan, Flying is for the Birds: Using Aircraft to Keep up with the Endangered Species; Rob Zimmer, The Unusual and Specialized Wetland Birds and Their Habitats, Patricia Fisher-Raptor Rehabilitation Up Close and Personal; and Joe Duff, Hope Takes Wings.  For more information contact the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 920-295-3877 or email at or visit the Chamber Website at

Sunday, May 27, 2018, Unity Hall Inc., held their annual Art and Craft Fair in the City Park in Princeton.  Rebekah Weiss, from the Aves Wildlike Alliance gave presentations on Aerial Raptors.  The presentation had live raptors, for demonstrations.  Aves Wildlife Alliance is based out of Neenah, WI.  The presentation was free and open to the public. Also, at the Craft Fair were representatives from the International Crane Foundation from Baraboo, WI.  There were handouts and information about cranes given to the public free of charge. 

Operation Migration was held at the White River Marsh outside of Princeton before it ended. Visitors could view baby Whooping Cranes going through flying lessons if they visited in mid-to-late summer. Joe Duff, pilot and co-founder of Operation Migration, used an ultra-light aircraft to guide young Whooping Cranes from Wisconsin to Florida where this population spends the winter.

E. Illustrate a program that involves schools, garden clubs, or other organizations in bird conservation activities.

On April 27, 2018, the City of Princeton Tree Board, held the Arbor Day Celebration in the City Park in conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day. Local school children in the 4K class helped mulch trees and watched bucket truck demonstrations, City of Princeton Staff spoke about species of birds the children could find in their backyards.

N. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

Princeton was an integral part in Operation Migration, which aimed to reintroduce endangered Whooping Cranes into the wild. Established in 2001, Operation Migration reared captive-hatched cranes and assisted them in migrating to Florida with an ultra-light aircraft piloted by co-founder Joe Duff. In 2013, the White River Marsh Area, located near Princeton, started to be used as a migration training ground and Joe Duff gave a speech stressing the importance of the project and healthy bird populations in Princeton.

In 2017, Eastern Bluebird and Wren houses were made by City of Princeton staff members Lee Williams and Ernest Schmidt and were sold at various events in the City of Princeton and purchased by residents of Princeton to put in their backyards.

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD)

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

Princeton celebrated Arbor Day and International Migratory Bird Day in April (4F) and the Whooping Crane Festival was in September (4E). Please see 4E above for further details.

Joined Bird City: 2012

Population: 1,214

Incorporated: 1920

Area: 1.64 mi2

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