Bird-friendly communities is a partnership program that focuses conservation efforts where most people live - in cities and towns. Most Americans live in cities or suburbs, and people can play a critical role in fostering healthy wildlife populations. As the leading voice for birds, Audubon can inspire the one-in-five adults who watch birds to make daily lifestyle choices that add up to real conservation impact.
As a strategic initiative of the National Audubon Society, this program takes a full life-cycle approach to the conservation of North American birds by focusing on the protection of key sites and habitats that birds require at critical points in their annual cycle. The program combines local community engagement, the best available science and proven conservation methods to create sustainable, urban habitats for birds.
Audubon created a Bird-Friendly Communities implementation team that brought together people - including chapter leaders, state agency employees and individuals working for other nonprofit conservation organizations - who are already working to help birds. By collaborating and sharing expertise in green growth, landscape architecture, native plant work, backyard habitat programs, academic research, communications, environmental education, and development, we are achieving goals and bringing down barriers to participation that we couldn't accomplish on our own.
Bird-Friendly Communities across New York will give birds the opportunity to succeed by providing connected habitat dominated by native plants, minimizing threats posed by the built environment, and engaging people of all ages and backgrounds in stewardship of nature.