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.
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.
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.
Plants for Birds
By simply choosing native plants for our yards, neighborhood parks, and public spaces, we can restore vital habitat 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. 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 milliion plants in the ground for birds.
Glass and lights present major hazards to birds, killing hundreds of millions of birds each year. Birds hit buildings at all hours during the day and night. 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 - both day and night.
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.
Fall is the perfect time to plant in your yard! The secret to success lies in choosing locally native plants, which brim with nutritious insects, berries, nectar, and seeds to give birds vital food and refuge. Use National Audubon Society’s Native Plant Database to find plants in your area: https://www.audubon.org/native-plants
Birds need your help! No matter the size, your property can be valuable habitat and contribute to bird conservation. Begin with native plants to provide food (insects and plant), cover, and nesting sites. Add some other key elements like water and you're on your way! Then, register your property with Audubon Pennsylvania and receive the recognition you and your property deserve! Join a growing community of people across the state that garden with ecology in mind. Combined efforts will result in a better Pennsylvania for birds, butterflies, and people.
Click here to learn more about how to register your property: http://pa.audubon.org/get-involved/bird-habitat-recognition-program-0