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 Taylor County Comprehensive Plan ordinance is in accordance with Wisconsin’s Smart Growth law.
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)
Community members participate in several bird monitoring programs, including:
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)
Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, State Natural Areas and other protected public and private lands in Taylor County give existing bird habitat legal protection.
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.
Taylor County (through the Land Conservation Department), USDA Forest Service, Wisconsin DNR, and Pri-Ru-Ta RC&D are Taylor County members of the Upper Chippewa Invasive Species Cooperative and all take part in control/removal efforts and information dissemination. The cooperative gives presentations, issues news releases, places displays in public venues, provides information to landowners, and actively participates in control efforts.
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.
Taylor County has five sites on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail: The Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area, Kidrick Swamp, Yellow River Ice-walled Lake Plain, Chequamegon Waters Flowage, and Pershing State Wildlife Area. It has one Important Bird Area, the Perkinstown Hemlock-Hardwood Forest.
N. Show that your community works on public lands to control invasive species that have significant negative impacts on bird habitat.
The Medford Area Middle School 5th graders work with the botany department of the US Forest Service to remove buckthorn from the wooded area of the Medford City Park. This project has been ongoing since at least 2010.
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.).
Each Spring, members of the Taylor County Sportsman's Club and Chequamegon Bird Club jointly construct several hundred Bluebird and Wood Duck boxes to be given out to members of the public at various conservation events.
A. Demonstrate that your community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
Cities in Taylor County achieving Tree City USA status:
Medford since 1989, Gilman since 1988
F. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.
School Forests: Taylor County has three school forests: Medford, Gilman, and Rib Lake, all of which are protected for the time being. They are subject to timber harvesting under sustainable forestry guidelines so habitat types may change. The Medford Area Public School District Forest has 160 acres in one parcel that includes mixed northern hardwoods with various aged stands, aspen, conifers, a pond, and small amounts of other habitat types and 27 acres in a smaller parcel adjacent to the Stetsonville Elementary School. The Gilman School Forest includes 244 acres in five parcels, with mixed northern hardwoods, aspen, conifers, and black spruce swamp. The Rib Lake School Forest is 210 acres with mixed northern hardwoods, aspen, and conifers, and includes stream habitat.
Other Community Forests: The Campus Woods is a 25 acre parcel in the City of Medford that is used for walking, skiing, and snowshoeing. A number of bird and other nature walks and activities have been held in the past two years on the trails that wind through the woods. It is also used by other birders. The Riverwalk runs along the Black River in the City of Medford and has been used for several bird walks and is also used by other birders. It includes wooded areas, open areas, a river, and a millpond, thus offering a variety of habitats. The School Woods is a small wooded parcel located near the Medford Area High School and Medford Area Elementary School.
County Forest: The Taylor County Forest comprises 17,639 acres and includes variety of habitat types. It has both Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FCI) certifications. Gerstberger Pines is a 20-acre old growth forest parcel that has been preserved by Taylor County. It includes a nature interpretive trail.
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.
“Cats, Birds, and You” (a brochure put out by the American Bird Conservancy) is distributed by the Chequamegon Bird Club at the Taylor County Youth Day and World Migratory Bird Day where the Bird Club’s booth features displays, photos, and information about three hazards for birds. The brochure is available on a permanent basis from a display in the Medford Agriculture Service Center. The Chequamegon Bird Club’s newsletter, the Chirps, which is available on-line to the public as well as being distributed to members, has also featured articles on this issue.
B. Demonstrate that your community provides property owners with information on how to protect birds from window strikes (e.g., online links, brochures).
“Birds and Windows” (a brochure from the Chequamegon Bird Club and the Taylor County Land Conservation Department) is distributed by the Chequamegon Bird Club at the Taylor County Youth Expo and World Migratory Bird Day where the Bird Club’s booth featured displays, photos, and information about three hazards for birds. The brochure is available on a permanent basis from a display in the Medford Agriculture Service Center. The Chequamegon Bird Club’s newsletter, the Chirps, which is available on-line to the public as well as being distributed to members, has also featured articles on this issue.
L. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.
“What’s in Your Tackle Box? – Get the Lead Out” (a flyer produced by several organizations) is distributed by the Chequamegon Bird Club at the Taylor County Lions Maple Fest, Taylor County Youth Day, and International Migratory Bird Day where the Bird Club’s booth featured displays, photos, and information about three hazards for birds. The flyer is also available on a permanent basis from a display in the Medford Agriculture Service Center. The Chequamegon Bird Club’s newsletter, the Chirps, which is available on-line to the public as well as being distributed to members, has also featured articles on this issue.
B. Provide web links or a community newsletter demonstrating that your community educates property owners on methods to create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
Information about creating and enhancing backyard habitat is provided through several means, including:
Community members participate in several bird monitoring programs, including:
E. Illustrate a program that involves schools, garden clubs, or other organizations in bird conservation activities.
The Chequamegon Bird Club, which was started in 1981 by ornithologist Sam Robbins, is centered in Taylor County but includes members from surrounding counties. The Club is the primary organization in the County providing information about and support for birds, bird habitat, and bird watching. The Bird Club provided testimony, both in person and by letter, in support of expansion of the Pershing State Wildlife area.
The Club has worked with other organizations and the County to promote bird conservation through a variety of venues. Some of these are listed below:
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.
The Bright Horizons Community Solar Project available through Taylor County Electric Cooperative has constructed several small fields of solar arrays. Arrays are available for purchase by cooperative members.
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.
An International Migratory Bird Day celebration was not held in 2021 due to concerns regarding COVID-19. Instead of having a WMBD gathering, the Chequamegon Bird Club promoted birding hotspots around Taylor, Marathon, and Clark Counties. The club is printing copies of a brochure titled "Birding Hotspots of Northcentral Wisconsin". Copies are located at area businesses, government offices, and area chambers of commerce. As an incentive to get out and bird, the club hosted a birding competition with prizes awarded for most species seen in WI, rarest bird seen in WI, best bird photograph, and most locations from the brochure visited all of which had to be completed in the month of May.