Key Programs

Urban Bird builds new coalitions that leverage public and private support to ensure healthy, community-accessible bird populations. We apply our talents, knowledge and passion to the creation and preservation of urban green spaces that make life better and sustainable for people and wildlife. Our unique way of working combines hands-on conservation and advocacy with a foundation in science.

We aim, with our partners, to build consolidated support for sustainably developed communities that recognize the importance of integrating nature into planning. Publicly available urban and suburban green spaces protect biodiversity, build community values, safeguard our air and water, strengthen our economy, increase health and wellness, and serve as outdoor, living laboratories for children. We’re helping build a popular movement to create an equitable, healthy world where birds are not ostracized from our communities but are a part of our communities.

Integrated Nature

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Urban Bird champions, enhances and helps create mixed-use green spaces in communities that serve as educational opportunities, community resources and native habitat. We simply cannot ignore the health, environmental and social benefits of open spaces as well as their value in maintaining native bird and wildlife populations.

Building Coalitions

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The Communities of Action program connects community and civic leaders to one another so they can share ideas, foster sustainably planned cities, and create green space results. The program brings together professionals with on-the-ground experience and experts to shape and advance innovative practices for protecting, restoring and creating urban preserves.

Burrowing Owl Conservation

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Urban Bird combines hands‐on advocacy, research, education, and progressive burrowing owl and habitat management policies to reverse a trend that currently promotes extirpation. We are creating an imperative for conservation in which municipalities embrace sustainable development for the benefit of its wildlife, people and ecosystems.


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Sound planning and public policy is critical to the success of long-term bird conservation efforts in our communities, region and nation. Urban Bird works to secure transformative change at the local and national level; partnering with and advocating for governments and agencies to protect birds, urban habitats, and the natural resources we all need.

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