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Protect, defend, rescue and conserve bird life

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

Our Impact

We are a growing organization working across the United States through volunteer action. Urban Bird Foundation is tackling pressing issues affecting bird populations in and surrounding our neighborhoods, cities, and beyond. We collaborate with local communities to ensure the well-being of birdlife and the interconnected relationship with people. Together, we are protecting individuals and populations – from a single burrowing owl living in an open space next to your house to flocks of shorebirds foraging on the nearby beach you visit.

Acres Restored
Kids Engaged
People Represented
Calls Fielded
Species Listed

Coming Soon! Volunteer Bird Warrior Program

Urban Bird Foundation is currently updating and expanding our volunteer program and will be launching a brand-new opportunity for people across the United States to join us in protecting birds and responding to bird emergencies. Sign up now to be notified and received information when our Volunteer Bird Warrior program is ready. Learn more about the meaning of our Volunteer Bird Warrior design.

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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!

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.

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Get the latest updates, learn about ways to get involved, and be inspired to take bird conservation and rescue actions

Programs: Fighting for Urban & Suburban Birds

Undercover Investigations

Exposing illegal activities and protecting burrowing owls and other native birds

Bird Rescues

Found a bird? What to do and call your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center

Habitat Restoration

Creating and protecting community-based bird habitat

14 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!

Thanks for all your support!

Current Campaigns

Urban birds are facing major conservation challenges. From burrowing owls to seabirds and shorebirds, birds in urbanized areas need our help more than ever.
As human impacts like development, plastic pollution, and car strikes continue to grow, it’s imperative that we must do more to protect our wild neighbors. Together, we can make a lasting impact and ensure our communities continue to be bird friendly.

Learn how we are fighting the greatest threats to birds and their urban and suburban open spaces, forests, wetlands, creeks, rivers, and shorelines.

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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 Birdlife Across the United States

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