Creating Bird-Friendly Communities

Downy Woodpecker Photo: Ella Clem

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.

Bird Your Park
Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Bird Your Park

In partnership with the Chicago Park District, Audubon Great Lakes and its partners are creating programs to introduce people to the birds in their neighborhood parks.

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Wild Indigo Nature Explorations
Urban Conservation

Wild Indigo Nature Explorations

Free field trips and indoor programming at Cook County Forest Preserves.

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How a Greener Church Benefits People and the Planet
Bird-Friendly Communities

How a Greener Church Benefits People and the Planet

In Illinois, the nonprofit Faith in Place is spreading the environmental gospel to churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.

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An Old Chicago Neighborhood Is Now a New National Monument
Bird-Friendly Communities

An Old Chicago Neighborhood Is Now a New National Monument

The South Side’s historic Pullman neighborhood, home to a community-run bird sanctuary, will become Chicago’s first national park.

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Lights Out Chicago
Bird-Friendly Communities

Lights Out Chicago

Chicago is the first U.S. city to dim tall building lights to save birds' lives.

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Peregrines—and a Photographer—Bunk Out at Chicago Man’s Apartment
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Peregrines—and a Photographer—Bunk Out at Chicago Man’s Apartment

A flower-box nest provides the perfect opportunity for some close-up shots of a plucky falcon family.

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Ways You Can Help