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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, Former Editor of Bird Watching Magazine and Director, Bird City Wisconsin. 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 the Friends of Estabrook Park website events page.

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.

I. Document a recent project that created or restored bird habitat in your community. (Exclusions: Bird feeders and small-scale artificial nesting structures)

Last Spring, on Arbor Day, over 120 red oak tree sapplings were planted in Estabrook Park by 4th grade level students form Lake Bluff Elementary school in conjunction with Friends of Estabrook.  The trees were planted in an area where buckthorn and other invasive species had been removed the previous fall by Friends of Estbrook Park. The 120+ students also took home white spruce saplings to be planted in their yards.  In total, over 250  tress were planted in 2018 in place of invasive species.

N. Show that your community works on public lands to control invasive species that have significant negative impacts on bird habitat.

Two Shorewood parks, Estabrook and Shorewood Nature Preserve, were the targets of weedouts in 2018, organized by the Friends of Estabrook Park, and the Shorewood Conservation Committee respectively.

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 and 2018.

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 on Sunday, September 11. 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, the annual Fish & Feathers Festival  at Hubbard Park located on the Milwaukee River on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The day was partly sunny, a great day for enjoying Festival activities and the natural beauty the park has to offer, as attested to by the more than 500 eager participants  enjoyment of the activities being offered.  Among the hands on activities made available to visitors were native bee house building 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 50 houses found homes 
  • 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….

Energy & Sustainability

F. Demonstrate that your community participates in a community solar program or that a municipal building receives a significant percentage of its electricity from renewable energy.

Since 2015 the Shorewood Conservation Committee has actively promoted Solar Power use to the Village, and both Shorewood businesses and residents through a Community Solar Survey (http://www.villageofshorewood.org/782/Community-Solar-Survey) and a community based Solar Panel installation program (http://www.villageofshorewood.org/771/Solar-Shorewood).  In 2016, the Shorewood Conservation Committee partnered with Milwaukee Shines to offer residents a record-setting Solar Shorewood group-buy opportunity. The program finished with 174 kW installed on 52 homes and businesses in the Milwaukee area. Nearly a third of these installations (totalling 52 kW) went on 15 Shorewood buildings, and 78 kW went on 28 Milwaukee buildings. The remainder happened elsewhere in Southeastern Wisconsin.

This is an ongoing part of the Community Solar Survey program aimed at increasin the use of solar power in the Shorewood Community. 

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.

WMBD will be celebrated on October 5, 2019 as part of the Annual Fish and Feather Festival.  The Festival has several activities for children and adults of all ages, including birdhouse painting and native bee house construction.  Experts on watershed and aquatic habitat management (e.g. Milwaukee Riverkeepers, Friends of Estabrook Park and the Urban Ecology Center) and restoration are available for discussion with people visiting the fair.  In the past we have had over 500 people attend this one day fair held on the banks of the Milwaukee River at Hubbard Park.

  • Bird Banding Demos with Urban Ecology Center demonstrating catch and release banding methods
  • A Bird House Decorating contest 
  • Bird House and Roosting box 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

Joined Bird City: 2013

Population: 13,162

Incorporated: 1900

Area: 1.59 mi2

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