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Village of Trempealeau

Village of Trempealeau

Habitat Creation, Protection, and Monitoring

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)

The Village of Trempealeau maintains an active partnership with Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The Village recognizes and promotes refuge activities through both of its websites. In turn, those seeking information are able to access educational links regarding laws, habitat, protection, education and much more. The Village of Trempealeau has plans in progress to provide additional bird conservation activities with the help of the national wildlife refuge nearby.

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides supporting documentation.

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 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides supporting documentation.

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.

The Village of Trempealeau has four areas listed in the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail Guide within and around the village limits. These areas are: the Great River State Trail, Perrot State Park, Trempealeau Lakes State Wildlife Area and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The vast majority of these areas are heavily forested bluffs and ravines located along the Mississippi River and cover more than 5,000 acres. This habitat allows visitors to observe many species from Bald Eagles and Black Terns to Grasshopper Sparrows and Orchard Orioles. The mix of elevation, marshes and grasslands within the forests allow many opportunities for any birding enthusiast.

H. Show that the local Chamber of Commerce or a similar group (e.g., an Audubon chapter, Wild Ones, etc.) takes an active role in the planning process for protecting and enlarging favorable bird habitat.

The Friends of Trempealeau Refuge is comprised of local village residents. Each year, the Friends actively support the refuge's bird festival as well as other educational events.

Community Forest Management

F. OTHER: Demonstrate in a narrative.

Trempealeau County implements forest planning guidelines within its codes and ordinances. The Trempealeau Chamber and local elementary school work with Perrot State Park and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge in a joint effort conforming to the county’s forest management regulations. Also, the Mississippi Valley Conservancy has a technical committee member of the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission. In addition, the Village of Trempealeau partners with other organizations for the Arbor Day celebration in Trempealeau.

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 Trempealeau has information on preventing window collisions and the threat that cats pose to wildlife and people on its Bird City website.

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 Trempealeau has information on preventing window collisions and the threat that cats pose to wildlife and people on its Bird City website.

Public Education

A. Demonstrate that schools in your community participate in a nationally-recognized environmental education program (e.g., Flying WILD, Audubon Adventures) or that your community organizes its own substantial education and outreach program for young people. 

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge has taken a very active role in providing educational materials, programs, festivals, and activities for area schools, organizations, and area visitors. Each year the refuge employees are invited to participate in area school environmental education awareness days. As the lead agency in conservation, education programs emphasize the role conservation and provide information to all grade levels. Students receive programs from refuge staff starting at the Kindergarten level about conservation, bird ecology and much more. For the past 16 years, the refuge has coordinated a region-wide environmental education event called River Education Days which has brought close to 16,000 students (Fifth Grade students) out to the refuge for a day of programs directed related to conservation. Trempealeau Elementary students have participated in this conservation event since it began in 2002.   Program titles include: Invasive Species, Bird Migration, Basic Birding, Bird Banding demonstrations, Mammals of the Upper Mississippi River, and much, much more. Through the refuge, we are instilling a sense of wonder, land stewardship, and pride of the rich resources surrounding the Village of Trempealeau through our area residents and their children.

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.

The Village of Trempealeau has information on creating a bird-friendly yard on its Bird City website.

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).

Each year community members from the Village of Trempealeau participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. The village has an Audubon event coordinator that coordinates, collect and disperse all collection locations, maps, and data which is submitted for the annual CBC. The bird count data expands to the refuge and participants collect data from the entire area illustrating the strong connection between the community and the refuge and bird conservation.

D. Describe your community-sponsored annual bird festival. This must be a multi-day event or a truly exceptional one-day event.

Each year the community supports, promotes and participates in the annual bird festival that brings hundreds of people to the area.

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

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge has taken a very active role in providing educational materials, programs, festivals, and activities for area schools, organizations and visitors about conservation and bird ecology.

Each year refuge employees are invited to participate in area school environmental education awareness days for all grade levels. For 16 years, the refuge has coordinated a region-wide environmental education event called River Education Days which has brought close to 16,000 fifth grade students out to the refuge for a day of conservation programs on Invasive Species, Bird Migration, Basic Birding, Bird Banding, Mammals of the Upper Mississippi River. Through the refuge, they are instilling a sense of wonder, land stewardship, and pride in the rich resources surrounding the Village of Trempealeau.

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.

Each May, the Village of Trempealeau celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with a relevant theme at the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The festival includes a keynote speaker addressing bird conservation as well as multiple guided bird hikes, a guided birding canoe trip, prairie wildfire walk, program for young birders, presentations by the Coulee Wildlife Rehab Center, and bird banding demonstrations. The refuge continually updates their website and Facebook pages to keep information available to area visitors about upcoming bird education events. These social media updates are shared with the Village which in turn updates their social media formats as well. Current refuge website information can be found online at multiple sites.

Joined Bird City: 2011

Population: 1,529

Incorporated: 1867

Area: 2.1 mi2

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