Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Photo: Will Stuart

Over the past century, urbanization has taken contiguous, ecologically productive land and fragmented and transformed it with sterile lawns and exotic ornamental plants.  We’ve introduced walls of glass, toxic pesticides, and domestic predators.  The human-dominated landscape no longer supports functioning ecosystems or provides healthy places for birds.

Each community has a unique ecological and cultural story to tell.  Creating Bird-Friendly Communities is Audubon’s commitment to the sustainability of our urban, suburban, and rural places.  We can each do our part.  We can restore and reconnect these places.  We can reestablish the ecological functions of our cities and towns.  We can provide essential, safe habitat for birds, choosing native plants and providing birdhouses, roosting towers, and nest platforms when we landscape our yards, neighborhood parks, and public spaces. With these simple acts, everyone can help make their community bird-friendly.

How you can make your community bird-friendly

Kill Your Lawn
Bird-Friendly Communities

Kill your lawn

Replace your lawn with native plants to save birds and water.

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Nandina Berries Kill Birds
Bird-Friendly Communities

Nandina Berries Kill Birds

Popular garden shrub berries are toxic to birds and other animals.

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Go Native for Birds
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Go Native for Birds

Plant natives for better bird habitat.

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Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
Bird-Friendly Communities

Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels

Capture rain water and use it to your benefit

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Bluebird makes dramatic comeback in Arkansas
Bird-Friendly Communities

Help the Bluebird thrive in Arkansas

Dr. Dan visits with THV 11 about this conservation success

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How you can help, right now