Cities, Towns, and Parks

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 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鈥檝e 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

探花精选鈥檚 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聽here聽and read on to learn more.

Plants for Birds

By simply choosing native plants for聽our yards聽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. 探花精选鈥檚聽Plants for Birds聽program is designed to enable anyone聽to have a positive impact by planting for birds, right where they live.聽

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 探花精选 and native plant nurseries, and help us get 1 million plants in the ground for birds.聽

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Bird-Friendly Community News

A bird flies between skyscrapers, the fading moon overhead.
The Surprisingly Long History of the Movement to Make Buildings Safer for Birds
March 26, 2024 — Documenting the birds injured and killed by flying into buildings is difficult, emotionally draining work. One New York City 探花精选 volunteer looks to the past to find hope for the future.
Illustration of an adult and child smelling flowers outside next to a house.
New Laws Protect Bird-Friendly Yards From Neighborhood Rules
March 22, 2024 — A blossoming legislative trend prevents homeowners associations, which set landscaping rules for a growing number of Americans, from forbidding native plants.
We Need Bird-Safe Buildings. The Movement is Growing.
March 20, 2024 — The 探花精选 network is protecting birds from collisions through Lights Out and bird-friendly glass.
探花精选 Florida Assembly. Photo: Luke Franke/探花精选
Proclamations, Resolutions, and Ordinances

Protecting birds and providing them with abundant habitat and safe passage is achievable with PROs 鈥 Proclamation, Resolutions and Ordinances. Connect with your local 探花精选 chapter, center, or sanctuary, to learn more about PROs for native plants and bird-friendly buildings or reach out to聽bfc@audubon.org.

Our Team

Marlene Pantin

Partnerships Manager, Plants for Birds

Connie Sanchez

Bird-friendly Buildings Program Manager

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