Bird-Friendly Communities

Bird City Best Practices

Bird City encourages communities to take bird-friendly actions.

Communities are eligible for initial recognition as a Bird City when they fulfill at least 8 criteria: 7 of 18 Best Practices across 3 categories and 1 required action. 

Required of all Bird City communities (complete 1 of 1)

Adopt an official resolution and hold a celebration recognizing International Migratory Bird Day with a birding event. The details of the event are customized the needs and capacity of the community. 

Category I: Educate and engage people in birding and conservation (complete at least 2 of 5)

  • Increase awareness of birds in your community
  • Involve residents in conservation and stewardship projects
  • Educate and engage youth audiences
  • Promote citizen science monitoring and research
  • Ensure access to nature

Category II: Protect, restore and enhance bird habitat (complete at least 3 of 7)

  • Practice conservation planning
  • Create and protect habitat
  • Promote use of native and beneficial plant species
  • Control invasive and detrimental species
  • Create, protect and maintain nesting opportunities
  • Ensure best management of urban forests
  • Ensure clean water in natural waterways

Category III: Reduce threats to birds (complete at least 2 of 6)

  • Reduce collisions with windows
  • Reduce other man-made threats
  • Reduce light pollution
  • Reduce disturbance and predation by free-roaming pets
  • Reduce the threat of pesticides and other toxins
  • Reduce climate impacts

TOTAL:  Cities must meet follow at least 7 of 18 Best Practices (plus 1 required action) 

PDF version of Bird City best practices. 

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