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Village Board sharpens focus on designs that call for flood-control structure
Grafton officials on Monday sharpened their focus on ways to upgrade the Bridge Street dam by directing an engineering firm to prepare two bid packages for renovations.
The Village Board agreed to have Ayres Associates complete design plans for two options to bring the downtown landmark into compliance with state flood-control regulations.
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Town of Saukville officials have made no secret of their desire to make their community less enticing to mining operations.
Mother Nature has made that task difficult, because of the rich deposits of sand and gravel in the township.
While town leaders have been unable to come up with a way to ban mining and quarrying in the community, officials took the next-best step at the last Town Board meeting — setting financial expectations for the reclamation of quarry sites.
Supervisors unanimously approved a financial worksheet that spells out the anticipated cost of restoring quarry sites. A performance bond would be required of future quarry operators to cover those expenses.
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Birds of myriad feathers flock to Joan Sommer's yard in the Village of Fredonia. If you don't see them, you can hear them singing in the trees and bushes, waiting for her to fill the feeders in her small yard.
She counted 18 feeders last week, but may have missed a few, and she's always adding more.
"I've come to believe that birds like to feed in flocks, probably for safety, so if you put out only one feeder, they're less inclined to come to it," Sommer said.
"I once had 100 goldfinches at one time. The more feeders you have, the more birds that will come. You don't have to have fancy feeders."
Each of her feeders holds a single type of seed that appeals to specific birds. She doesn't buy mixed birdseed.
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A Wizard of Action in our midst
By November the the air is still, no longer filled with honking, quacking and other chirps of goodbye as flocks said farewell to Ozaukee for warmer places. Hardier birds have settled in for the long winter, seeking wild forage and protected habitat. Keeping Ozaukee and the rest of the state safe and bountiful for the birds we love so well is the mission of our November Wizard of Oz, Carl Schwartz, coordinator of Bird City, WI.
Modeled on the "Tree City USA" program, Bird City established 22 criteria across five categories, including habitat creation and protection, community forest management, limiting hazards, public education, and recognizing International Migratory Bird Day. If a community meets at least seven criteria, it becomes an official "Bird City."
Becoming a Bird City is just the beginning as meeting and keeping criteria truly requires the area to invest in habitat and to educate residents. It raises the awareness and improves resources. It is a wonderful program that nurtures and grows Ozaukee as a healthy and balanced community for all.
To date, in Ozaukee, Ozaukee County, Mequon and the Town of Grafton are recognized as “Bird Cities.” Close by is the Village of Newburg, the City of West Bend, River Hills, Bayside, Fox Point and the Village of Whitefish Bay.
Carl brings an unprecedented amount of enthusiasm to whatever he undertakes, and that spreads rapidly. He is also one of the most organized, knowledgeable and personable fellows you can encounter. That has really paid off for Bird City as this two and a half year old program now boasts fifty-four Bird Cities in Wisconsin. The initiative is growing quickly and could become a national program. Once again, Wisconsin takes the lead in conservation, this time under Carlʼs direction.
As with most wizards, Carl does more than just one thing. Besides being coordinator of Bird City Wisconsin. He also is president of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and for the last 8 years has led the Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon, a major fund-raiser for WSO. He has belonged to the Riveredge Nature Center and its bird club for 20 years and currently serves as its field trip chair. Carl just completed two years as president of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog and remains on its Board of Directors, a member of the American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society and the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. He is a member of the Ozaukee-Washington and Door County land trusts, the Nature Conservancy and the International Crane Foundation. He was senior editor for national and world news at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel until his retirement in 2009.
Carl Schwartz is a true leader who is making a real difference in Ozaukee County. We are so fortunate that he has chosen to put so much time and energy into our environment and our lives. Treasures of Oz is pleased to name him Wizard of Oz for November, 2012.
Shawn Graff and Jerry Thompson believe several alien species are invading large swaths of Wisconsin after gaining a foothold in wetlands, road ditches and stream banks, as well as beaches and steep ravines on the Lake Michigan shoreline.