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Grantsburg Recognized As Bird City Of Wisconsin

Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

The Village of Grantsburg was recently named a Bird City of Wisconsin.
Grantsburg will be presented a special Bird City Wisconsin flag,
plaque, and street signs to honor the village’s conservation
achievements.

Bird City Wisconsin is modeled on the “Tree City USA” program. With a TogetherGreen Planning Grant in 2009, 22 criteria across five categories were developed. These categories include habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards to birds, public education, and recognizing International Migratory Bird Day. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it becomes an official Bird City.

To meet these criteria, Grantsburg has adopted a comprehensive plan
and is in compliance with the Wisconsin Smart Growth Laws. The Village
of Grantsburg has adopted a forest management plan for village owned
land. There is an ongoing list of birds seen at Memory Lake Park in
Grantsburg by the local high school biology class. Crex Meadows
Wildlife Area, Governor Knowles State Forest, and Brant Brook Pines
State Natural Area are included in the Great Wisconsin Birding and
Nature Trail. Multiple brochures are available to learn about
limiting and minimizing hazards to birds. “Cats, Birds and You” as
well as “You Can Save Birds From Flying Into Windows” are available at
Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center. Grantsburg is also
part of a Christmas Bird Count held every December, which helps
monitor bird populations in the area.

Being recognized as a Bird City, Grantsburg can promote its positive
environmental reputation, aesthetic, social, economic, and
environmental benefits. This recognition also shows that not only is
Crex Meadows Wildlife Area and other local state land a great place
for birding, but the Village of Grantsburg has many opportunities to
bird watch as well.

The Village of Grantsburg’s recognition as a Bird City shows the
dedication and interest of the local community in birds and bird
habitat conservation efforts. Grantsburg will be participating in the
International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 12 with activities
at Memory Lake Park and Crex Meadows Wildlife Education & Visitor
Center.

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