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Village of Shorewood

Village of Shorewood

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.

On Nov. 2, 2009, the Village of Shorewood Board of Trustees adopted an eco­municipality resolution that supported sustainability principles and identified The Natural Step as the preferred model for achieving greater sustainability in local government and the larger community.

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)

Weekly bird walks are conducted in Estabrook Park by Shorewood resident Chuck Hagner, Editor of Bird Watching Magazine. The sightings are entered on eBird. The number of species observed in the park through the years by Chuck, and other observers, stands at 166.

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.

Village code section 220-1 calls upon owners and occupants of property in the Village to remove all noxious weeds. Specifically cited targets are: Leafy Spurge, Canadian Thistle, Field Bindweed (commonly known as "Creeping Jenny"), Beggar Ticks, Burdock, Nightshade, Common Ragweed, Giant Ragweed, Poison Ivy and Garlic Mustard.

In addition, groups such as Friends of Estabrook Park volunteer to weed out invasive plants. Their published mission is to protect the environment and enhance the quality of Estabrook Park. This includes enhancing the natural environment and eradicating invasive vegetation. The Estabrook Park Weedout schedule is posted online.

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.

Estabrook Park is situated along the Milwaukee River and constitutes a segment of the Lake Michigan Birding and Nature Trail. The park offers woods, ponds and grasslands that provide food and habitat for a wide variety of bird species. More information can be found at the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail’s website.

R. Show how your community aids a local youth group (e.g., Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of USA, 4-H Club, etc.) or conservation group in bird conservation projects (e.g., bluebird trail, habitat restoration, Wood Duck nest boxes, etc.).

Friends of Estabrook Park Built and installed wood duck nesting boxes in Estabrook Park in the Summer of 2017

Community Forest Management

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

Shorewood continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1996. By its very name, Shorewood is defined by its urban forest.

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 Village of Shorewood’s website provides links to these sites about keeping cats indoors:

American Bird Conservancy

Wisconsin Humane Society

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

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

The Village of Shorewood’s website provides links to these sites about preventing window collisions:

Preventing Bird-Window Collisions (Wisconsin Humane Society)

Window Collisions and Birds (Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative)

All About Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

Public Education

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).

Paul Hunter and Suzy Holstein conducted the annual Chimney Swift counts at St. Robert's Church on the corner of Capitol Drive and Maryland Avenue. This year a single swift count took place this summer on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. About 100 swifts were observed entering an apartment building and schoolhouse chimney on the northwest corner of Capitol Drive and Prospect Avenue. The roosts are observed starting at about 30 minutes before dusk as the Swifts enter the schoolhouse chimney and an estimate of the number of Swifts is made.

N. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

Shorewood held a great event at Hubbard Park located on the Milwaukee River on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. Although the day was wet and gloomy, not exactly a perfect day for enjoying Festival activities and the natural beauty the park has to offer, it did not deter, nor dampen the enthusiasm of more than 100 hearty soul’s enjoyment of the activities being offered.  Among the hands on activities made available to visitors were fly fishing, lure making and the opportunity for kids of all ages to kick up mud in the river and see what critters were denizens of the river bottom, which complimented the following birding activities:

  • Bird Banding Demos with Urban Ecology Center demonstrating catch and release banding methods
  • A Bird House Decorating contest
  • Bird House Building Demonstrations
  • A Bird City booth provided info on bird habitat, keeping cats indoors and preventing collisions with windows.
  • Presentation on Planting to Attract Birds, Birding 101 and more

All of which were witnessed by a couple of blue herons stalking the river bank, a handful of mallards dabbing in the river and several of the ubiquitous Canada Geese floating on the river….

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)

A. This community's municipal body passed the required International 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 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 Saturday, October  14th, 2017 Shorewood celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at our annual Fish and Feather Festival and Green Clean Event held by the Shorewood Conservation Committee. A Bird City Booth provided literature on: bird habitat, natural plantings, controlling invasive species, and keeping cats indoors. In addition, Village residents signed up for guided bird walks through Estabrook Park. Also, weekly small group bird walks were led by Shorewood birding expert Chuck Hagner in throughout the year. Over 160 bird species have been observed in the park over the years by Chuck and other bird observers, and duly reported to eBird of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon

Also, from Chuck Hagner: Tim Vargo of the Urban Ecology Center reported that Shorewood was monitored as part of the Center’s Milwaukee County Bird Day in May, It’s Green Birding Challenge, Milwaukee County Big Green Day and the Christmas Bird Count.

Joined Bird City: 2013

Population: 13,162

Incorporated: 1900

Area: 1.59 mi2

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