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).
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.
The City of Princeton participated in the 2016 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. Five families and fifteen 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 6th Annual Whooping Crane Festival took place in Princeton, on September 9, 10 and 11, 2016. A reception was held on Friday, September 9th to start off the Festival. On Saturday, September 10th, the Festival was at Princeton High School and it included guest speakers-Patricia Manthey who spoke about “Bringing Back the Trumpet Swan-A Conservation Success Story”, Patricia Fisher who spoke about “Raptor Rehabilitation Up Close and Personal”, Joe Duff who spoke about “The Whooping Crane Class of 2015 and Flying Machines and Their Role in Wildlife”. There was a children’s area where children could build birdhouses, Origami crane construction, face painting, and David Stokes spoke about reptiles. The Whooping Crane Festival will be on September 8, 9, and 19, 2017, for more information contact the Princeton Chamber of Commerce at 920-295-3877.
Operation Migration was again at the White River Marsh outside of Princeton. Visitors can view baby Whooping Cranes going through flying lessons if they visit in mid-to-late summer. Joe Duff, pilot and co-founder of Operation Migration, uses 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 29, 2016, 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 has become an integral part in Operation Migration, which aims to reintroduce endangered Whooping Cranes into the wild. Established in 2001, Operation Migration rears captive-hatched cranes and assists 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, has begun 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 2016, 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.