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City of Superior

City of Superior

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. 

C. Document an ongoing community program to incorporate a significant number of native trees, native shrubs, native herbaceous plants, and/or cultivars of native species in public or large-scale private landscaping.

City of Superior planted 763 trees in 2019, 323 trees in 2018, and 400 in 2017.

E. Show that your forester, a member of your tree board, or another person currently responsible for managing your community’s trees has completed the Wisconsin DNR’s Wisconsin Tree Management Institute.

Linda Cadotte, Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director completed the Institute in 2017-18.  Linda also serves on the Wisconsin Urban Forestry State Council.

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.  The Parks Department also has brochures available to the public at their front desk.

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.

C. Show that your municipality practices Integrated Pest Management, using natural pest control and the best available science to minimize pesticide and herbicide use.

The City of Superior has an ordinance that restricts the use of pesticides on public lands.

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:  The City of Superior is actively involved with the planning of the expansion of habitat on their bird sanctuary property on Wisconsin Point.


F. Demonstrate that your community understands the critical ecological role of pollinators by documenting your Bee City USA status or by describing another substantial effort to promote pollinator health (for ideas visit the Xerxes Society and the Pollinator Partnership).

University of Wisconsin, Superior (UWS) offered a free beekeeping workshop. 

UWS maintains a hive on campus.

G. Provide a link to your community’s Bird City Wisconsin webpage, which must be visible from the main page of your municipal website (it may be located at the first level of a drop down menu on the main page but cannot be any less visible) OR demonstrate that your Bird City effort has a significant social media presence.


N. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

On September 20-22, 2019, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology hosted its annual “Jaegerfest” Field Trip to Wisconsin Point. This event is featured on their website at:,



Energy & Sustainability

B. Show that your community goes above and beyond in its support for, and implementation of, green transportation (e.g., bike trails, rideshare programs, bike trails/lanes, etc.). Be sure to utilize the narrative to illustrate why your community is exceptional because standard practice will not receive credit.

City of Superior implemented a bike ride share program in 2018.  This is the first program of its kind in the entire Twin Ports.

H. Describe your community’s efforts to educate residents about climate change.

In 2019 there were several workshops held that addressed climate change.


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 Saturday, June 8, 2019.  The day started with a short hike through the Bluff Creek Nature Preserve accompanied by a discssion with local birding experts.   The group then met at Lake Superior Elementary for a presetation by Jane Anklan on "Why Are Migratory Birds Attracked to Our Local Stopover Habitat?"  


Joined Bird City: 2013

Population: 27,244

Incorporated: 1858

Area: 55.65 mi2

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