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.
In Pennsylvania, communities across the commonwealth are taking steps to create healthier communities that are resilient, sustainable, and environmentally just. 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.
|Simply choosing native plants can make a world of difference for you, for birds, and for your community. Learn more.||Glass and lights present major hazards to birds, killing hundreds of millions of birds each year. Learn how you can help make a difference.||For many species of birds, a little help from their human friends can tip the balance of survival in their favor. Read more!|
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. Learn more about Bird Habitat Recognition.