Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Video: Camilla Cerea/Audubon
Building a Better World for Birds
Birds are the most common visible wildlife. We wake to birdsong, and we connect birds with places, memories, family, and friends. Audubon works with communities to ensure sustainability and the durability of long-term public will to protect birds and their homes.
What We’ll Do; Who We’ll Reach
We will be setting conservation goals for Bird-Friendly Communities during the summer of 2016. Please check back with us in the fall!
- $12-14 million Annual budget range to reach full potential
Kids from summer camp examining insects and wildflowers in prairie near the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Texas. Photo: Sean Fitzgerald
Coordinating With Local Partners to Create Bird-Friendly Spaces
Audubon nature centers, chapters, partner organizations, and volunteers will serve as leaders in their communities to conduct outreach, model best practices and devise new solutions, and implement successful programs.
Photo: NASA Earth Observatory
Creating a Foundation for Long-Lasting Conservation
We will continue to engage people in practical, win-win solutions that help birds thrive in human environments and make communities healthier and more sustainable for people, too. A diverse mix of locally developed and nationally coordinated programs will introduce people to the wonder of birds and build community to protect birds and special places.
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
Leveraging Citizen Science to Answer Big Questions
Together with our partners, Audubon leverages our command of citizen science and volunteer-based bird monitoring and data collection through the Christmas Bird Count, the Great Backyard Bird Count, and other projects. This helps us identify and refine our understanding of new and emerging threats to birds.
- 2,000 Pairs of Prothonotary Warblers breeding in Beidler Forest in South Carolina
- 5,000 Miles Prothonotary Warblers migrate each year
- 50 Percent drop in Prothonotary Warbler population numbers since the 1950s
Yerlis Pushaina, a Wayuu guide-trainee, at a field training session in Los Flamencos, Colombia. Photo: Carlos Villalon
Creating Better Communities Across the Hemisphere
In Colombia, Audubon, in partnership with Calidris and Patrimonio Natural, has initiated a bird-tourism project on the Caribbean coast to support local development and conservation. Colombia has more than 1,900 bird species, the most of any country in the world.
Tapping Into Local Creativity for Conservation
We’re challenging ourselves to make sustainable partnerships. It will connect us with new groups that we haven’t even thought of yet, and let us build true collaboration based on shared understanding and enthusiasm. And with clear goal-driven conservation priorities, we’re able to have more conservation outcomes more quickly, because it’s more productive to have core projects around which to organize.