The Bird City Wis. Steering Committee says this "keeps the City of Stevens Point at the forefront of efforts to forge a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials who know that birds are more than beautiful, they are significant."
On behalf of the Steering Committee for Bird City Wisconsin, Carl Schwartz extended congratulations to the City on successfully renewing its recognition as a Bird City for 2013 at the High Flyer level. This is "an accomplishment that keeps the City of Stevens Point at the very forefront of efforts to forge a statewide coalition of citizens and public officials who know that birds are more than beautiful - they are significant."
"We recognize and appreciate both the work that went into meeting Bird City's criteria and in submitting your application. We believe that this recognition not only promotes strategies for bird-centered conservation activities, it also presents the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live, conduct their business or ask people to come visit," Schwartz said.
"Having recently recognized our 60th Bird City community, we also want to say a special thank-you to our 15 inaugural-year communities, including Stevens Point, which are now being recognized for a third year."
The City’s efforts and those of Kent Hall, Aldo Leopold Audubon and the city’s other partners, Schwartz said, "serve as a model for a wide range of avian conservation. Stevens Point’s renewal application reflects a high level of conservation achievement, meeting not only 12 of the Sustained Flight criteria but also 7 of the more intense High Flyer standards."
"Our review team again called attention to the strength of three particular conservation projects cited in the High Flyer portion of the application: The multipurpose Green Circle Trail, the erection of chimney swift towers (with new plans for attracting the birds), and the Aldo Leopold Audubon Society's longstanding commitment to nest box erection and monitoring as evidenced by the "Outstanding Bluebird Trail in North America" award from the North American Bluebird Society.
Our review team also noted with particular pleasure the renewal application’s documentation of several new initiatives, including:
• Repair of the McDill Pond Dam.
• Completion and distribution of the Northland Adventures video about the City’s success with the Bird City program.
• The ALAS tree raffle.
• Multiple educational initiatives with the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum.
• Plans for public “Swift Sits” after key chimneys are located.
• Construction of a second kiosk (Bukolt Park) on the Green Circle Birding Trail.
• The new bulletin board display at the Portage County Library.
• Special field trips at Linwood Springs Research Station allowing children to hold a live Northern Saw-whet Owl during the banding process.
Bird City Wisconsin is an annual recognition project, much like Tree City USA. "We look forward to your renewal again next year," Schwartz said. "We celebrate your initiative in improving the quality of life for your fellow citizens and thank you again for helping to make our communities healthy for birds and people."