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City of Watertown

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.

The City of Watertown has a comprehensive plan, which was recently amended on April 4, 2016.

D. Document that current municipal planning seeks to provide additional bird habitat.

The City is currently planning the development of the Steinhorst Micro-Park Initiative at 249 S. Concord Avenue. The park will include natural bird habitat, rain gardens, bird houses, a trail with interpretative signs, and a Little Free Library and will be designed and managed under a Natural Landscape Management Plan.

E. Describe your community’s ordinance demonstrating that your community does not restrict natural/native landscaping that emphasizes native plants and non-turf lawns.

The City of Watertown allows natural landscaping provided that the property owner obtains a permit under Section 9.09 Natural Landscape Management of the Municipal Code.

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 city publishes documentation on the emerald ash borer, Watertown’s efforts to control the emerald ash borer, and gypsy moth on our website and our semi-annual “City Connection” publication that gets mailed to every household in the city. Recently the city applied for and received a Wisconsin DNR Urban Forestry Assistance grant providing an incentive for property owners to treat ash trees on their property.

Community Forest Management

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

Watertown continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 1989.

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.

American Bird Conservancy Flyers on Trap, Neuter, Release and the issue of outdoor cats are available in the Parks and Recreation Office and provided to participants during the City’s enrichment programs.

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

The American Bird Conservancy’s window collision flyers are available in the Parks and Recreation Office and provided to participants in our enrichment programs.

Public Education

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 City of Watertown’s website has several links to organizations concerned with conservation, birding, and bird habitat.

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

The City  offered an enrichment class, the Plant Pals & Birds Workshop, to teach children to make an herb planter and pipe cleaner bird feeder. Included is a discussion of the prevention of bird/window collisions and the Cats Indoors initiative. Flyers on various bird topics are also available.

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 Watertown sponsored multiple events to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, including: nature walks in Lunde Woods, Tivoli Island and the River Walk on May 14, 2016 (all open to the public and publicized). Brochures from the Bird City Wisconsin website were handed out and participants observed and identified a variety of bird species and their habitat during the walks.

The City plans to include birding activities/events and information about Bird City Wisconsin in its upcoming programming, for example an informational booth at the farmer's market and bird identification in the City’s parks, in an effort to promote conservation and education year round.

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Community Details

Joined Bird City: 2016

Population: 23,861

Incorporated: 1853

Area: 12.51 mi2

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