Urban Habitat

Creating and Protecting Urban Bird Habitat

Advocating for open space, mixed-use & publicly accessible habitat, and unintentional reserves

Urban Bird Foundation firmly understands that large contiguous habitats and wildlife corridors are critical to maintaining and preserving biodiversity long into the future. However, we also believe that working for the protection of open space and habitat within our communities — the places where we live, raise our children, work and relax — are environmentally important areas essential to birds, wildlife and people. We simply cannot afford to continue losing our connection with nature, losing local access to green space, losing habitats within our communities, and risking the health and wellness of ourselves, our children and future generations. 

We use 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. By advocating for and implementing a birds and people approach, we build healthy, nature-integrated communities.

Benefits of Urban & Suburban Open Spaces

protecting birds, people and communities


Preservation of ecological resources and biodiversity

Air Quality

Improved air quality by reducing ambient heat levels and offering sequestration of air pollution

Water Quality

Increases in water quality and availability through ground water recharge and natural filtration


Pollination of plants, nutrient cycling and noise reduction

What Urban Bird is Doing

Creating and Restoring Urban Bird and Wildlife Habitat

Why Cities Should Care

Economic Benefits of Birds and Birdwatching

  • More than 45 million people watch birds around their homes and away from home.
  • Bird and wildlife watchers contribute a total of nearly $80 billion to the U.S. economy annually.
  • Birds have been estimated to consume 98 percent of certain insect pests, including codling moths, enhancing agricultural production.
  • Birds pollinate many plant species, particularly flowers.
  • Bird watchers spend nearly $41 billion annually on trips and equipment.
  • Local community economies benefit from the $14.9 billion that bird watchers spend on food, lodging and transportation.
  • In 2011, 666,000 jobs were created as a result of bird watching expenditures.

*Data Provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service

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