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 Foundation continues to expand its efforts in the Midwest for urban and suburban bird populations and the permanent protection of community habitat. Much of our work involves the conservation of burrowing owl populations and safeguarding of breeding habitat. For example, in Minnesota burrowing owls once bred throughout the western prairie. According to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, “It was considered a regular breeder in other prairie regions in the first half of this century until the population began to decline dramatically. Only 10 breeding records were recorded in Minnesota from 1965 to 1985 and the burrowing owl was subsequently classified as a state endangered species in 1984.”
We work to safeguard remaining prairie and pasture habitat, and educate farmers on methods to support breeding burrowing owl populations that have been found occupying agricultural lands and crop fields.