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City of Racine has endorsed the Racine County multi-jurisdictional
comprehensive plan developed with assistance by SEWRPC and UW-Extension
in 2009 and adopted a city comprehensive plan based upon the
multi-jurisdictional plan. The City of Racine is in compliance with
Wisconsin’s “Smart Growth” law for land use planning and resource
Existing bird habitat within community limits has legal protection
Sec. 70-103 of
Racine’s Municipal Code designates Colonial Park as a bird sanctuary and
provides for legal protection of birds and habitat.
Our community offers the public information on how they can
control and remove invasive species in order to improve or maintain bird
Weed Out Racine is a volunteer driven
initiative that aims to maintain biodiversity of native spaces and
public places by stopping the spread of invasive plants. The
organization works actively to inform the community with park path
signage and school group initiatives.
A segment of the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail and a
designated Important Bird Area is within our community.
Harbor Park & Lakefront are listed in the “Great Wisconsin Birding
and Nature Trail, Lake Michigan Region.” Racine is designated an
Important Bird Area in the Audubon Milwaukee-Racine Lakeshore Migration
Corridor. (Documents Attached).
Our community has been awarded Tree City USA status by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
City of Racine continues to be recognized as a Tree City USA by the
Arbor Day Foundation following its initial award in 2007 (also
1976-1977, 1979-1983, and 1986-1991). As of 2012, the City of Racine is
also a recipient of the Growth Award. Reference the Arbor Day Foundation
Tree City USA Directory and Growth Award Winners at www.arborday.org.
cat control is supported by the Racine Humane Society and the Hoy
Audubon Society through links the Trap Neuter Return (TNR) Program,
and the Cats Indoors! Program.
Our community educates property owners on methods to
create and enhance backyard habitat for birds.
Hoy Audubon Society regularly educates property owners on backyard habitat through outreach programming and newsletters.
Our community is represented in at least one citizen science bird monitoring programs.
has been active in multiple bird counts throughout the 2017 calendar
year: The Big Sit (September 24, 2017), Christmas Bird Count (December
13-19, 2017), Great Backyard Bird Count (February 17-20, 2017), and
Project FeederWatch (November 2017 – April 2018). These are held in
various locations including Colonial Park and Samuel Meyers Park in
Our municipality promotes and
supports a bird club or other environmentally/ecologically-minded club.
City of Racine sponsors an Adopt-A-River
program that supports area environmental clubs in park clean-up
efforts. Two Adopt-a-River cleanup events are sponsored each year in
collaboration with Earth Day and Make-a-Difference Day.
Our community works with traditionally underserved
communities to increase their access to natural areas, environmental
education, birding resources, and local environmental experts.
Riverbend Nature Center works with underserved populations within the City of Racine to promote access to natural areas and environmental education.
Racine is currently active in the Southwest Solar Group Buy, and Greening Greater Racine. Both organizations promote and enable access to solar energy.
This community's municipal body passed the required International Migratory Bird Day resolution. For information on the current year’s theme and
event materials, please visit the International Migratory Bird Day website.
has been introduced to the City of Racine Common Council proclaiming
May 12, 2018 as International Migratory Bird Day and urges all citizens
to observe and support the efforts to protect and conserve migratory
birds and their habitats. A resolution is expected to be adopted by
March 1, 2018. (Legislative File 1269-17)
Hoy Audubon hosts the “Big Sit” bird count at a publicized location
each year in September. The “Big Sit” is an event where an effort is
made to count all birds seen in one day while staying within a 17-foot
diameter circle. During the day forum discussions about both migratory
and urban birds were conducted. The “Big Sit” is also a worldwide event.
Those interested in further information about the local “Big Sit” can
contact (262) 637-4359.
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