Making our communities healthy for birds... and people

City of Superior

Community Achievements

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.

Superior is in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management effective Jan. 18, 2011 when the Superior Common Council adopted the 2010-2030 Comprehensive Plan of the City of Superior.

C. Provide evidence (e.g., official designation of natural areas, easements, etc.) that existing bird habitat within community limits has legal protection. (Exclusions: Leash laws; prohibitions against disturbing nests and wildlife; areas consisting primarily of mowed grass)

The City of Superior has legally protected bird habitat by prohibiting residential, commercial or industrial development on two city-owned properties. The Superior Municipal Forest (4,428 acres) was protected on April 7, 1992. Wisconsin Point (229 acres) was protected on Dec. 4, 1996.

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.

Wisconsin Point has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Wisconsin Important Bird Areas Program. In the spring and fall rare Sabine’s and Franklin Gulls can be seen at Wisconsin Point. Also, Pattison State Park is located 12 miles south of Superior and is listed in the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail Guide. This 1,476 acre area is mostly forested but also includes wetlands, a lake, rivers and Wisconsin’s highest waterfall.

Community Forest Management

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

The City of Superior continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1999.

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.

Beginning on Oct. 25, 2012, the City of Superior updated its website to include information about Bird City Wisconsin and links to websites with strategies to protect birds from window strikes and cats.

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

Beginning on Oct. 25, 2012, the City of Superior updated its website to include information about Bird City Wisconsin and links to websites with strategies to protect birds from window strikes and cats.

L. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

Superior has an ordinance that requires pet owners to exercise proper control their animals (section 22-3), specifically prohibiting pet owners from allowing their animals to run at large on public or private property.

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).

Volunteers conduct a Christmas Bird Count in and around Superior each year. The data are submitted to the National Audubon Society.

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

The City of Superior supports the efforts of the St. Louis River Alliance in conducting its Piping Plover Project, located on Wisconsin Point. The project is featured on their website at:

N. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

On September 22-24, 2017, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology hosted its annual “Jaegerfest” Field Trip at Wisconsin Point. This event is featured on their website at: www.wsobirds.org


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.

The City of Superior celebrated IMBD on Sunday, May 21, 2017, with the 

support of the Natural Resources Foundation, a bus tour was hosted to introduce participants to the conservation value of migratory bird stop over habitat along the shores of Western Lake Superior and the St. Louis River Estuary. This included the clay influenced bay of the estuary at Billings Park, Wisconsin Point, recognized as an Important Bird Area, and the Mouth of the Amnicon River, conserved for its ecological value and migratory bird research opportunity.  

Joining us for the tour and offering migratory bird interpretive education and research were Naturalist Bill Volkert and Avian Ecologist, Kim Grveles, WDNR.  Bill and Kim described the particular value of the habitats for migratory birds along Lake Superior and the St. Louis River as well as the amazing journey that these birds travel, all the way from Central and South America.  Their presentation and a lunch were offered at the Amnicon Town Hall, on the edge of the Lake Superior Highway 2 Grassland Land Legacy Place. 

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Community Details

Joined Bird City: 2013

Population: 27,244

Incorporated: 1858

Area: 55.65 mi2

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