To achieve annual certification as a "Bird City," communities need to demonstrate in a written application that they have met at least seven of 22 criteria, including three from Category 1 and one from each of the other four categories:
Highlights of Beaver Dam's Bird Conservation Efforts
Category 1: Creation and Protection of Habitat
1A. The City of Beaver Dam has adopted and approved a “Smart Growth” plan. They are currently in compliance with Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource management.
1B. The City currently monitors Bluebird houses in the city limits of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. The list of participants is growing and continued interest in Beaver Dam's Bird City Wisconsin status will likely generate even greater participation in the future. Lisa and Polly Drake-Jones count Bluebird nests at Crystal Lake Park in the City of Beaver Dam. Bluebird, Purple Marten, and Wood Duck habitats currently established are monitored in Edgewater Park of Beaver Dam. The Great Backyard Bird Count has also been a recurring event in Beaver Dam.
On Saturday, May 18th, 2013, a group of six bird enthusiasts set out to survey the birds in Beaver Dam city parks. It was an ambitious goal that needed more participants to get all the parks, but the group did get to Swan City (18 species seen), Crystal Lake (25 species seen), and Tahoe park (18 species seen) in a span of about three hours. A total of 44 species and 214 birds were seen. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were seen and heard in all 3 parks. This event was titled “Birding the Parks” and took place as a part of the City’s IMBD celebration.
1F. The City of Beaver Dam offers information on the Emerald Ash Borer to the public through the Parks and Forestry department. For more information visit: http://www.emeraldashborer.wi.gov and http://www.cityofbeaverdam.com/department/division.php?structureid=168
1I. In 2013, the City erected six North American Bluebird Society (NABS) boxes on Distribution Drive which are monitored for songbirds by Jack Bartholmai as a part of the project.
Category 2: Promoting Effective Community Forest Management
2A. Beaver Dam has been a long time participant in the Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” program. They were honored in 2014 with their 23rd straight award as a “Tree City.”
Category 3: Limiting or Removing Hazards to Birds
3A. In accordance with Beaver Dam city ordinance Sec. 10-24: animals are not to run at large and also institutes a leash law requiring cats to be leashed or restrained at all times. Furthermore, the American Bird Conservancy “Cats, Birds and You” brochure appears on the City of Beaver Dam’s website under the Bird City heading. http://www.cityofbeaverdam.com/department/division.php?structureid=170
3B. The City of Beaver Dam’s website also contains a link to the American Bird Conservancy “You can Save Birds from Flying into Windows!” brochure. http://www.cityofbeaverdam.com/department/division.php?structureid=170
Category 4: Public Education
4C. Active birder Holly Bartholmai maintains the native Prairie Garden in the City on the grounds of the Grace Presbyterian Church. She gives tours, keeps signage and informational plaques updated, and writes articles for the church newsletter to inform members about native landscaping and what’s blooming in season. On occasion, she will also put photos and articles about the prairie in the local newspaper.
4D. Beaver Dam has been represented in the Great Backyard Bird Count in previous years. Beaver Dam residents are encouraged to participate in the event each year by making notices and those that do participate are vigilant in posting data on the GBBC website for Dodge County sightings. For information in getting involved consult this website: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html
Category 5: Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
In 2013, Beaver Dam amended its original resolution proclaiming International Migratory Bird Day to be May 18th, with a rotating annual date at the discretion of their Bird City Committee. The 2013 event was celebrated by local bird enthusiasts by surveying birds around the various city parks in Beaver Dam and was called “Birding the Parks.” This event is further described in section 1B above.
Photo by Jack
Photo by Jack BartholmaiPurple Martin nest box colony at Edgewater Park