Bird City - Trempealeau - Year 2: Sustained Flyer

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:

Approved Application

(Left) Third and Fourth Grade students from the Village of Trempealeau were on hand as the Mississippi River village of Trempealeau was recognized Oct. 20 as the latest of 29 "Bird City Wisconsin" communities, honored for its urban bird conservation efforts.
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(Right) Participating in the celebration at Village Hall were (from left) Travis Cooke, village administrator; Patrick Reinsma, regional tourism specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism; Vickie Hirschboeck, manager of the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge; Dave Fantle, Wisconsin's deputy tourism secretary; Carl Schwartz, coordinator of Bird City; Jennifer Lilla, visitor services manager at the refuge; and Jean Galasinski, president of the Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce.

-- Photos by Terry Thompson, Trempealeau County Times

Highlights of Trempealeau's Bird Conservation Efforts


Category 1:
Creation and Protection of Habitat

The Village of Trempealeau maintains an active partnership with Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  The village recognizes and promotes refuge activities through its Web sites, http://www.trempealeau.net/  and http://www.trempealeauwi.com/ .  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.   Below are links from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that provide supporting documentation: 

Evidence that existing bird habitat has legal protection: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/RegulationsPolicies/treatlaw.html#dckstmp

Public information on control and removal of invasive species:  
http://www.fws.gov/invasives/

Community contains a segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail: http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/Trail/misschipmap.htm

Local Chamber of Commerce (or a similar group) takes an active role in the planning process for protecting and enlarging favorable bird habitat: The Friends of Trempealeau Refuge: http://www.friendsoftrempealeaurefuge.org/mission.html is comprised of local village residents.  Each year, the Friends are actively support the refuge's bird festival as well as other educational events. 

Category 3: Limiting or Removing Hazards to Birds

The Village of Trempealeau maintains an active partnership with Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  They recognize and promote refuge activities through their website.  In turn, web users and visitors seeking information about the area are linked to a variety of educational links regarding wildlife, habitat, and much more.

Scarlet Tanagers are one of the many species that can be seen in the over 5000 acres of protected wildlife area in Trempealeau. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a substantial amount of information related to Hazards to Birds
http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/CurrentBirdIssues/Hazards/BirdHazards.html

·         Avian Collisions at Communication Towers

·         Avoiding and Minimizing Wildlife Impacts from Wind Turbines

·         Aircraft-Wildlife Strikes

·         Cat Predation

·         Fatal Light Awareness Program

·         Approved Nontoxic Shot Types

·         Tower Kills

Category 4: Public Education

Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge has taken an active role in providing educational materials, programs, festivals, and activities for area schools, organizations and visitors about conservation and bird ecology: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/EducationOutreach.html

 Each year refuge employees are invited to participate in area school environmental education awareness days for all grade levels.  For the last nine years, the refuge has coordinated a region-wide environmental education event called River Education Days which has brought close to 9,000 Fifth Graders 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.  This year, 2013, they will be celebrating 10 years of the wonderful educational experience for the area’s fifth grader reaching 10,000 students overall.  Through the refuge, we are instilling a sense of wonder, land stewardship, and pride in the rich resources surrounding the Village of Trempealeau.

Category 5: International Migratory Bird Day

On June 6, 2011 the Village of Trempealeau has approved resolution No. 3-2011 that proclaims annually the 2nd Saturday of May to be International Migratory Bird Day and urges all of its citizens to celebrate and support the efforts to protect and conserve migratory birds and their habitats in our community and the world at large.

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