Bird City Wisconsin reports that Stevens Point's renewal "reflects a high level of conservation achievement, meeting not only 10 of the Sustained Flight criteria (up from 8 last year) but also 6 of the more intense 'High Flyer' standards."
Bird City Wisconsin has announced that in awarding recognition to 11 additional communities, its collaborative program for urban bird conservation has honored 50 cities, villages, towns and counties statewide for their highly public commitment to working with their residents to create a better place for people, birds and other wildlife.
The two-year-old program also announced that all 15 of its inaugural communities, recognized in December 2010, had successfully renewed their recognition for 2012.
The renewal process also saw 5 of the 15 original communities win "High Flyer" honors for meeting a more extensive set of conservation criteria. They included the cities of Stevens Point, Green Bay, Muskego, Oshkosh and Ozaukee County.
"Birds are a vital component of a healthy ecosystem in our local communities and they provide environmental and economic benefits," said Flo Miller, TogetherGreen co-director at Audubon. "As an early supporter of the Bird City Wisconsin program, Audubon and Toyota applaud the Wisconsin elected officials, citizens and volunteers who have made it possible for 50 towns across the state of Wisconsin to reach Bird City designation. The efforts of Wisconsin conservation groups are proving that this is a model program worthy of replication at the national scale."
Modeled on the Tree City USA program, Bird City developed 22 criteria across five categories, including habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards to birds, public education, and recognition of International Migratory Bird Day. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it becomes an official Bird City.
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