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Bird Warrior Volunteer Program Recruiting Participants for Upcoming Launch in Early 2024

For Immediate Release, October 18, 2023 

Contact: Scott Artis, (925) 550-9208, scott@urbanbird.org

Bird Warrior Volunteer Program Recruiting Participants for Upcoming Launch in Early 2024

AMERICAN CANYON, California— Urban Bird Foundation is building a list of people across the United States interested in learning more and participating in online training for a nation-wide network of Bird Warrior Volunteers.

The organization’s Bird Warrior Volunteer program is currently updating and expanding their volunteer program, and will be launching a brand-new opportunity for people across the United States to join in the protection of birds.

“There is a growing need for bird conservation across the country and limiting volunteer activities and events to only a handful of locations near our headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area often confines our critical bird rescue efforts,” said Scott Artis, Executive Director of Urban Bird Foundation.

The upcoming program scheduled for launch in April 2024 will coincide with the burrowing owl breeding season on February 1. The program will provide field and home-based opportunities to be involved in critical bird conservation and protection work spanning helping individuals connect with wildlife rescues and hospitals for injured and sick wild bird emergencies, monitoring burrowing owls and other protected, endangered and threatened species, their nests and burrows, and offspring, watchdogging development projects, and social media influencer campaign work.

The Bird Warrior design was built upon digital artist El Mantastic’s owl shield piece to create an innovative vision for bird activism and protection. Rooted in Urban Bird Foundation’s history as a burrowing owl organization known as Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, the Latin name of the species (Athene cunicularia) derived from the Greek goddess Athena, a city protectress, goddess of war, handicraft, and practical reason, the design symbolizes Athena’s shield paying homage to our work defending birds. Her spears represent our determination to fight for bird life and ensuring birds remain a part of our communities. The goddess ultimately became the personification of wisdom and righteousness, and our design symbolizes our work to find wildlife-human solutions for the sustainability of both.

“Through this newly expanded volunteer program, we will not only be able to protect, rescue and save more native birds, but we will be able to attract help from a variety of people across the United States,” said Artis. “This evolution will help us establish a network of trained individuals who can respond to field emergencies and conservation monitoring efforts as well as give those unable to conduct field work vital tasks that can be accomplished from their homes, phones and computers. Additionally, we will also be better able to serve and respond to calls for help from the thousands of caring people who find injured and sick birds.”

To be notified and receive information when Urban Bird Foundation’s Bird Warrior Volunteer program launches visit https://urbanbird.org/volunteer/ to add your name to the interest list.

Urban Bird Foundation is a national nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting, defending, rescuing and conserving bird life in and adjacent to urban and suburban communities. 

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