Village of Shorewood Hills

Village of Shorewood Hills

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 Village of Shorewood Hills adopted a Comprehensive Plan Update on November 15, 2021 to fulfill its Smart Growth requirment.

The 2021 plan can be found on the Village website.

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 Village of Shorewood Hills has had an ordinance requiring the control of Garlic Mustard since 1999. Information on identifying and controlling Garlic Mustard, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn is available online and appears periodically in the Village of Shorewood Hills Bulletin. Park priorities include continuing “to eliminate invasive non-native species,” including Garlic Mustard, Honeysuckle, and Buckthorn (The Village of Shorewood Hills Parks and Open Space Plan, 2003). In 2023, the Village Forester was appointed weed comissioner to oversee and eliminate invasive species ion all public and private land within the village limits.  The Forester speaks to Village groups like the Garden Club, and talks to homeowners about eliminating invasive species from their properties.  The Village Parks Committee and Forester routinely partner with the UW-Madison Badger Volunteers.  The 2023 forestry intern focused on improving bird habitat by removing invasive species and replanting with native plant seeds, shubs, and trees in Village parkland and bio retention areas.

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

Many of the village parks have designated natural areas that are actively managed by Forestry Staff to maintin and enrich biodiversity.  Examples can be found in Post Farm Park, Quarry Park, Four Corners Park, Koval Woods, William Kaeser Park on Oak Way, John McKenna Park, and Harold C. Bradley Park.  Tessa & Hans Reese Woods has been entirely dedicated to preserving native woodland habitat for over 90 years.  

Community Forest Management

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

The Village of Shorewood Hills continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2002.

The Village of Shorewood Hills has renewed Tree City USA status for 2023. 

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 Hills hands out Cats Indoors Brochures purchased from American Bird Conservancy (ABC) when people purchase their mandatory annual cat license.

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).

The Village of Shorewood Hills is part of the City of Madison Christmas Bird Count, which has been held continuously since 1936.

Energy & Sustainability

J. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

100% Renewable - The Village of Shorewood Hills is proud to be the first village in Wisconsin to power all municipal facilities and operations with 100% renewable energy, reducing Village CO2 emissions by 600,000 lbs annually. 

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.

Chuck Hendrikson, well known to all local birders for his devotion to birding, bird photography, and his published weekend email sighting report, will present an exceptional collection of his photography on March 2, 2023, at 6:30 pm with a community meet and greet and a 7:00 pm program at the Shorewood Hills Village Hall.

The Village of Shorewood Hills has been a Bird City since 2012.  This is the Village’s ninth celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated in North America since 1993.  Initially named International Migratory Bird Day, it was observed on the second Saturday in May, but there were too many competing events on the same day.  Now many celebrations are held on other dates.

Bring friends and neighbors to this special presentation.

Refreshments will be provided by the Shorewood Hills Garden Club and Parks Committee.

Joined Bird City: 2012

Population: 1,565

Incorporated: 1927

Area: 0.8 mi2

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