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We are Urban Bird Foundation

Conserving urban and suburban birds to preserve the interconnected relationship between people and nature.

Birds. People. Communities. A better, sustainable living for all.

Fighting for Urban & Suburban Birds

Not Your Big Box Nonprofit

We’re a scrappy grassroots organization not afraid to ruffle feathers. To save birds, we conduct undercover operations, rescue injured birds, stand down bulldozers, and create habitat from unlikely sources.

Our business is wildlife. That's it!

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Undercover Investigations

Conducting undercover operations to save burrowing owls in imminent danger. A heartbreaking yet rewarding program to save raptors.

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Bird Watch

Urban Bird Foundation is working to reduce bird collisions. See how we are making a difference and learn how you can help.

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12 Years

Saving Urban Birds

Since 2008, Urban Bird Foundation has worked for the protection of burrowing owls, habitat and other wildlife in the places we call home – our communities. We do not believe in the outsourcing of wildlife and green spaces, but in the integration of these wonderful, accessible habitats into our local environments. Whether a few acres or tens of acres or more, these habitats serve as important suburban and urban wildlife corridors that benefit human and wildlife communities…and of course, BURROWING OWLS!

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Urban birds are facing major conservation challenges. They need our help more than ever. Take the pledge to help us protect birds in our communities.

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Urban Bird Foundation is protecting shorebirds along urban and suburban developed coastlines from human impacts like plastic pollution and entanglements.

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Help protect birds, people and nature

We work to conserve one of the most important and impactful places on the planet — your community! This is a place where you live, work, relax and educate your children. This is where thinking globally and acting locally actually takes place. And your community is a place that has the power to significantly shape and change lives.


Together it's Possible!

Become a Burrow Watch Volunteer

Together, we can conserve unique species, safeguard green spaces and habitats, provide innovative solutions that create wildlife corridors, and stand up for nature. We need your help to give a voice to nature and help us monitor burrowing owls and their habitat. Learn more about our Burrow Watch Program and volunteer opportunities.

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Where We Work



Urban Bird was born in California and over the past 10 years our hands-on conservation efforts for Western burrowing owls and habitat has expanded across the west – anchoring our regional work across the west....
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Creating sustainable bird populations, communities and economies are full of challenges. We work to protect birds and promote local policies that build community and wildlife values – fostering green space preservation and development. Urban Bird...
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Saving the threatened Florida burrowing owl subspecies, we strive to protect and manage habitat to support current population and to accommodate population growth. Through our SAFE SHOREbirds program, we conserve birds in coastal developed areas....
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In densely populated communities like New York and New Jersey, we fight and mitigate human-wildlife conflicts and advocate for common-sense conservation and management policies that protect species spanning Canada geese, raptors, and song birds. In...
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Protecting Burrowing Owls

Hands-on conservation since 2008 including

Creating Habitat

Helped create the first 24-acre suburban preserve dedicated to burrowing owls in Contra Costa County in 2008.

Conservation Strategy

United people and organizations in California, representing more than 209,000 individuals, for a state-wide conservation strategy.


Worked with more than 40 groups, landowners, governments and agencies from Florida to California to Canada.

Florida Burrowing Owl Listed

Successfully advocated for the Florida Burrowing Owl to receive protections from the state Endangered & Threatened Species List in 2016.

Acres Restored in Collaboration
Kids Engaged
People Represented
Calls Fielded
Species Listed

The only way to make this happen is to take action!

Birds. People. Community. Help us protect wildlife and habitat in YOUR community!

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Our conservation efforts focus on 5 key strategies

Integrated Nature

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.

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Advocacy & Policy

Urban Bird advocates for the conservation of urban birds and their habitats by engaging and collaborating with policymakers to protect bird populations for the benefit of ecosystems, people and communities.

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Communities of Action

Communities of Action program is a catalyst for participants to become aware of sustainability initiatives, which link urban bird and green space conservation, across the country.

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