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For conservation to last, we NEED to restore our connection and accessibility to birds and open space in urban and suburban communities.
At Urban Bird, we focus our work where we can make the biggest impact on bird, wildlife and green space conservation. Our work in urban and suburban communities builds social, economic and environmental value, and is designed to preserve and restore people’s connection to the natural world.
Using a foundation in science and sustainable development, Urban Bird is involved at every level — from local policy to hands-on conservation to catalyzing national support — and challenges the status quo to deliver solutions that make short- and long-term sense for communities and meet the needs of both birds and people.
Birds are an integral part of the ecosystem and serve many important purposes, and even contribute to the economy, health and education of our communities
We’re losing our connection to nature! According to Cheryl Charles and Richard Louv, there was a documented 50% decline in the amount of time children in the U.S. spent outdoors
Development should be a process that encourages and strives for “cumulative good”—being environmentally sustainable, delivering social equity and benefits, and achieving economic growth
Parks and open spaces enhance the quality of life and, when central to the community’s economic development strategy, help attract visitors, new residents and businesses
People continue to depend on nature and benefit from internal urban ecosystems. These urban green spaces play a vital role in maintaining and increasing wildlife biodiversity
Local, publically accessible preserves and open spaces provide ample opportunity field trips and service learning programs for schools and students
Urban and suburban open spaces provide innumerable air, water, pollination and other environmental advantages, and preserve the natural resources that birds, other wildlife and people need
With more than 48 million birders in the U.S., birds and their habitats support local businesses and contribute to the local, state and federal tax-base in the billions of dollars annually