Conservation

Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Wilson's Warbler. Photo: David Liittschwager

Audubon is committed to transforming our communities into places where birds flourish.

Where birds thrive, people prosper. From urban centers to rural towns, each community can provide important habitat for native birds. In turn, birds offer us a richer, more beautiful, and healthful place to live. 

The Threat

Over the past century, urbanization has taken contiguous, ecologically productive land and fragmented and transformed it with sterile lawns and exotic ornamental plants. We’ve introduced walls of glass, toxic pesticides, and domestic predators. The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems or provides healthy places for birds.

The Solution

Each community has a unique ecological and cultural story to tell. Creating Bird-Friendly Communities is Audubon’s commitment to the sustainability of our urban, suburban, and rural places. We can restore and reconnect these places. We can reestablish the ecological functions of our cities and towns. We can provide essential, safe habitat for birds. With simple acts of hope, everyone can help make their community bird-friendly.

Native Plants for Birds
By simply choosing native plants when we landscape our yards, neighborhood parks, and public spaces, we can help restore vital habitat for birds in our communities. 

Lights Out: Creating Safe Passage 
Cities across the flyways are turning off their lights at night, reducing the disorienting effect of light pollution, thereby saving tens of thousands of birds each year, including Black-throated Blue Warblers, American Woodcocks, and Varied Thrushes.

Avian Architecture: Providing Good Homes for Birds
From Prothonotary Warblers and Chimney Swifts to Osprey and Burrowing Owls, many species of birds can be given a better chance to survive and thrive through a little assistance from structures we build—birdhouses, roosting towers, nest platforms, and artificial burrows. For some species, these structures tip the scales back in their favor, reducing declines in populations and restoring species to places they once inhabited.

Featured projects

Native Plants for Birds

Native Plants for Birds

Recreating natural habitat by planting native vegetation will help bird populations thrive

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Avian Architecture

Avian Architecture

Purpose-built structures such as nest boxes, burrows, platforms, or roosting towers can help bird populations rebound

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Lights Out

Lights Out

Audubon is pioneering innovative approaches to make buildings safer for birds

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Bird-Friendly Communities News

Peanuts Are for the Birds
Bird-Friendly Communities

Peanuts Are for the Birds

Hang up a chain of nuts and other goodies to make your feathered visitors very happy.

The Bipartisan Partnership Behind the Bird-Safe Building Act
Bird-Friendly Communities

The Bipartisan Partnership Behind the Bird-Safe Building Act

The Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act was just introduced—here’s what the Republican and Democratic co-sponsors have to say about it.

How to Make a Birdbath
Bird-Friendly Communities

How to Make a Birdbath

Help your feathered friends beat the heat this summer with this easy DIY birdbath.

Press Room

Bipartisan Group of Congressmen Introduce Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act

Cost-Neutral Bill Would Prevent Needless Bird Deaths & Injuries

Everything You Need to Know About Birds and Planes
Bird-Friendly Communities

Everything You Need to Know About Birds and Planes

An amazing photo of a crushed jetliner brings safety in the skies into question.