Despite a growing awareness and some progress on sustainable development, negative trends continue, global biodiversity continues to decline, ecosystems are being lost to development, green space continues to fall victim to hardscapes like concrete and asphalt, and many bird species are still confronted with a declining population trajectory in urban and suburban environments. The use of green space, unintentional reserves, onsite mitigation and sustainable development must be examined beyond a strict environmental interpretation that currently dissociates itself from wider social and economic implications.
Urban Bird uses sound, science‐based information, and working preserve models that are presented in such a way that it has real meaning and utility to the people who live and work in urban and suburban settings. We engage citizens in decision‐making and build collaborations with nonprofit organizations, agencies and municipalities that promise to lead our communities in the direction of integrated environmental, societal and economical sustainability. By advocating for and implementing a birds and people approach, we build healthy, nature-integrated communities.
Urban Bird firmly understands that large contiguous habitats and wildlife corridors are critical to maintaining and preserving biodiversity long into the future. However, we also believe that working for the protection of open space and habitat within our communities — the places where we live, raise our children, work and relax — are environmentally important areas essential to birds, wildlife and people.
We simply cannot afford to continue losing our connection with nature, losing local access to green space, losing habitats within our communities, and risking the health and wellness of ourselves, our children and future generations. Urban Bird works for birds, people and communities.
Urban & Suburban Open Spaces Provide
- Preservation of ecological resources and biodiversity
- Improved air quality by reducing ambient heat levels and offering sequestration of air pollution
- Increases in water quality and availability through ground water recharge and natural filtration
- Pollination of plants, nutrient cycling and noise reduction