On behalf of the Steering Committee for Bird City Wisconsin, our congratulations on successfully renewing your recognition as a Bird City for 2014 at the High Flyer level. It is an accomplishment that puts the Village of Newburg, with the help of the Riveredge Nature Center, at the absolute forefront of efforts to forge a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials who know that birds are more than beautiful — they are significant.
Congratulations to the Village of Newburg for achieving this great accomplishment! Riveredge Nature Center has partnered with the village to annually apply for this recognition. This year is special, as the village is one of only 10 municipalities (out of 75 awards) who received the High Flyer recognition.
The Bird City Steering Committee wants to make special mention of the five steps taken to meet its High Flyer criteria:
- The Ozaukee County Fish Passage Project has been working with a contractor to restore habitat in the area damaged by the removal of the Newburg dam in the summer of 2012. Numerous trees and other plants were added to the area over the last two years to help restore the shoreline.
- The Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg is offering a cavity nester workshop for the public (including Scout groups) in March 2014.
- To incorporate native hardwood trees in public landscaping, some 25 small oaks and tamaracks were planted in Francis Fritz Falkner Park. They’ve added biodiversity, bank stability and color to the park.
- As part of Newburg’s registration as a bird-safe community on the Wisconsin Humane Society’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center website, Riveredge minimizes or extinguishes night lighting between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. during migration periods (mid-August through October, and mid-March through May). It also reduces perimeter lighting, uses solar reflective curtains and applies window clings and CollidEscape to windows to reduce daytime collisions.
- To raise awareness of its bird assets, an osprey platform has been erected in the Francis “Fritz” Falkner Park at the site of the former Newburg dam. Several adult bald eagles have frequently been observed in this area including on the Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 21, 2013.