Bird-Friendly Communities

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, fragmented, and transformed ecologically productive land 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

Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities strives to provide food, shelter, safe passage, and places for birds to raise their young, through our Plants for Birds and Bird-friendly Buildings programs. As we work to create healthy habitats, we also work to ensure safe spaces for our feathered friends. Check out some bird-friendly yard tips here and read on to learn more.

Plants for Birds

By simply choosing native plants for our yards and public spaces, we can restore vital habitats for birds in our communities and help them adapt and survive in the face of climate change. Audubon’s Plants for Birds program is designed to enable anyone to have a positive impact by planting for birds, right where they live. 

Bird-Friendly Buildings

The mission of our Bird-Friendly Buildings programs is to ensure a safer built environment for our favorite feathered friends. Glass and lights present major hazards to birds, killing hundreds of millions of birds each year. Birds hit buildings at all hours. At night migrating birds can be distracted by bright lights in our cities. During the day the problem is reflection or other confusing aspects of glass. Audubon chapters, centers, and programs across the country are working to make buildings safer for birds.

Check Out the Native Plants Database!

Bring more birds to your home with native plants! Visit the native plants database to create a customized list of plants native to your area, get connected to your local Audubon and native plant nurseries, and help us get 1 million plants in the ground for birds. 

Bird-Friendly Community News


Partnerships Help the Lights Out Program Expand in North Carolina And Beyond

By Connie Sanchez
October 16, 2023 — Wake Audubon’s collaboration with Kane Realty builds on the national Lights Out movement.

How Bird Safe Philly is Making the City Safer for Migrating Birds

By Keith Russell
October 16, 2023 — The new bird-friendly window treatment at Sister Cities Cafe marks the group’s latest accomplishment.
From Audubon Magazine

How to Have a Bird-Friendly Fourth of July

By Zoe Grueskin
June 28, 2023 — Fireworks can disturb birds and pets, spark wildfires, and pollute. Consider forgoing your own pyrotechnics, or joining a cleanup the morning after.
Audubon Florida Assembly. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon
Bird-Friendly Communities

Proclamations, Resolutions, and Ordinances

Protecting birds and providing them with abundant habitat and safe passage is achievable with PROs – Proclamation, Resolutions and Ordinances. Connect with your local Audubon chapter, center, or sanctuary, to learn more about PROs for native plants and bird-friendly buildings or reach out to

Our Bird-friendly Communities Team

Marlene Pantin

Marlene Pantin

Partnerships Manager, Plants for Birds

Connie Sanchez

Connie Sanchez

Bird-friendly Buildings Program Manager

Bird-Friendly Communities

New Haven’s First Native Plant Nursery Sprouts with Audubon in Action Grant

Even amidst the pandemic, Menunkatuck Audubon Society and its partners found a way to establish New Haven’s first native plant nursery.

Our Work in Communities

Native Plants

How One Neighborhood Saved Millions of Gallons of Water With Native Plants

By installing water-saving appliances and less thirsty native plants, this Colorado community saved 15 million gallons of water in just one year.
Audubon in Action

Philadelphia Darkens Its Skyline to Protect Migrating Birds

Spurred by a mass collision event, Audubon chapters and partners lead a Lights Out program during spring and fall migration.
Native Plants

From Goats to Grandparents: How One Audubon Chapter Is Making a More Bird-Friendly Community

Whether it's renting goats to clear out invasive plants or making a new assisted-living facility greener, Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon is making a difference.

Collage at top of page: Photos, clockwise from top left: Plants for Birds sign, Luke Franke/Audubon ; Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Randy Streufert/Audubon Photography Awards; Pulling invasive plants at Montezuma Audubon Center in New York, Luke Franke/Audubon; Bird-friendly window stickers at Chattahoochee Nature Center, Adam Betuel/Georgia Audubon Society; Native bee on an Erigeron speciosus wildflower, Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies; Northern Mockingbird and Ilex verticillata, Barbara Driscoll/Audubon Photography Awards; Bullock's Oriole forages for insects in Crataegus, or Hawthorn, Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies; Planting native plants, Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies; Peregrine Falcon in front of Philadelphia's city hall, George Armistead