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 Shorewood's Bird Conservation Efforts
1A. On Nov. 2, 2009, the Village of Shorewood Board of Trustees adopted an eco‐municipality resolution
that supported sustainability principles and identified The Natural Step as the preferred model for achieving
greater sustainability in local government and the larger community.
1B. Weekly bird walks are conducted in Estabrook Park by Shorewood resident Chuck Hagner, Editor of Bird
Watching Magazine. The sightings are entered on eBird. The number of species observed in the park through the years by Chuck, and other observers, stands at 166.
1F. Village code section 220‐1 calls upon owners and occupants of property in the Village to remove all
noxious weeds. Specifically cited targets are: Leafy Spurge, Canadian Thistle, Field Bindweed (commonly
known as "Creeping Jenny"), Beggar Ticks, Burdock, Nightshade, Common Ragweed, Giant Ragweed, Poison
Ivy and Garlic Mustard.
In addition, groups such as Friends of Estabrook Park volunteer to weed out invasive plants. Their published
mission is to protect the environment and enhance the quality of Estabrook Park. This includes enhancing
the natural environment and eradicating invasive vegetation.
The Estabrook Park weedout schedule is posted at:
1G. Estabrook Park is situated along the Milwaukee River and constitutes a segment of the Lake Michigan
Birding and Nature Trail. The park offers woods, ponds and grasslands that provide food and habitat for a
wide variety of bird species.
More information can be found at the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail site:
Above: Great Blue Herons can be seen along the Milwaukee River.
Category 2: Promoting Effective Community Forest Management
2A. Shorewood has been a designated “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation since 1996. By its very
name, Shorewood is defined by its urban forest.
Category 3: Limiting or Removing Hazards to Birds
3A. The Village of Shorewood’s website provides links to these sites about keeping cats indoors:
American Bird Conservancy: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html
Wisconsin Humane Society:
Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative: http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/catbirds.htm
3B. The Village of Shorewood’s website provides links to these sites about preventing window collisions:
Preventing Bird‐Window Collisions (Wisconsin Humane Society)
Window Collisions and Birds (WBCI) http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/collisionsbirds.htm
All About Birds (Cornell) http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1184
Category 4: Public Education
4D. Paul Hunter conducts annual Chimney Swift counts at St. Robert's Church on the corner of Capitol Drive
and Maryland Avenue. The counts are held on the second weekend of August and the second weekend of
September. The roosts are observed starting at about 30 minutes before dusk as the Swifts enter the
schoolhouse chimney and an estimate of the number of Swifts is made.
On Sunday, September 1st, 2013, observers counted 363 Chimney Swifts circle and then dive into an apartment
building chimney on the Northwest corner of Capitol Drive and Prospect Avenue. The event took place from
about 7:39 to about 7:52 pm. Paul's account can be seen at:
The 2014 Chimney Swift Counts will be held on the second weekend of August and the second weekend of
Category 5: Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
On Saturday, May 4, 2013, the Village of Shorewood celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at the annual
Spring Conservation Fair held by the Shorewood Conservation Committee at Atwater School. A Bird City booth
provided literature for habitat, natural plantings, controlling invasive species and keeping cats controlled. In
addition, residents signed up for guided bird walks through Estabrook Park. A series of small group bird walks
were guided by Shorewood birding expert Chuck Hagner in May and June of 2013.