Our Partners in Supporting Birds and Nature
Wild Birds Unlimited is deeply committed to educating the public about the importance of understanding our environment and preserving our natural wildlife habitats. We have developed many partnerships with organizations that support our core mission of bringing people and nature together.
Many of these partnerships offer people the opportunity to actively participate in conservation efforts, to learn more about bird watching, bird feeding and nature appreciation, and to play a role in scientific research designed to protect the environment from harmful changes.
Wild Birds Unlimited feels it is very important to support these efforts and to continually raise awareness of environmental preservation so that generations to come can experience and appreciate the marvels that nature holds for us all.
American Bird Conservancy
American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.
ABC envisions an Americas-wide landscape where diverse interests collaborate to ensure that native bird species and their habitats are protected, where their protection is valued by society, and they are routinely considered in all land-use and policy decision-making.
Wild Birds Unlimited has partnered with ABC in their Act for Songbirds Campaign.
Approximately 350 species of birds migrate between their winter homes in Latin America and their breeding grounds in North America. Hemisphere-wide habitat loss due to deforestation and development, as well as mortality from humancaused hazards threatens the existence of these Neotropical migrants. Conservation is crucial to ensure their survival.
Of the 178 continental bird species included on WatchList 2007, a list of birds of highest conservation concern compiled by American Bird Conservancy and the National Audubon Society, over one-third, 71 species, are Neotropical migrants. At least 29 of these species are estimated to have experienced population declines of 45% or greater since surveys began in the 1960s. Several species, such as the Cerulean Warbler and Olive-sided Flycatcher, have declined more than 70%.
While the situation is dire for many birds, there are viable solutions and programs in place that can help reverse this trend. The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) established a competitive, matching grants program that supports conservation projects to help migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, has a proven record of success.
Partners in 44 U.S. states/territories and 34 other countries have been involved in 225 Act-supported projects. More than $21 million in Act grants has leveraged some $97 million in total partner contributions. Projects involving land conservation have impacted almost three million acres of bird habitat.
The Act was passed in 2000 with a maximum authorization of $5 million per year, but its first appropriation in 2002 fell $2 million short of that amount. The Act currently provides a maximum authorization of $6 million per year. Every five years the NMBCA must be reauthorized, and every year, funds must be appropriated by Congress. Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) have introduced H.R.5756, legislation that reauthorizes the existing NMBCA at significantly higher funding levels ($20 million by 2015), to meet the growing needs of conserving Neotropcial migratory birds.
Because the NMBCA and its funding are so important for bird conservation in the Americas, American Bird Conservancy and Bird Conservation Alliance members have formed a coalition to work for reauthorization of the Act.
Join the Act for Songbirds campaign to reauthorize the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act – America’s only source of federal funds specifically dedicated to conserving migratory birds. As an individual you can add your voice to the thousands that have already taken action by sending a letter to your Representative requesting that they cosponsor the Act. Organizations and bird groups can show their support for reauthorization of the Act by signing on to a coalition letter that will be sent to members of Congress. Organizations can also engage their own members and constituents, and help spread the word about the campaign.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Lab is a non-profit membership institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Cornell’s programs work with citizen scientists, government and non-government agencies across North America and beyond. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology believes that bird enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can and do make a difference.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Since 1998 the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society have managed and overseen the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) throughout North America. The GBBC program is part of BirdSource, which is jointly managed by Cornell and the society. Individuals, families and community groups can participate in the bird count, which occurs each February, by tracking the birds they see at their feeders and in their backyards, local parks and other outdoor locations. This information will help define bird ranges, populations, migration pathways and habitat needs, and ultimately help with bird conservation. Wild Birds Unlimited is a major sponsor of this event and BirdSource.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology operates Project FeederWatch in partnership with the National Audubon Society, Bird Studies Canada and Canadian Nature Federation. The program relies on volunteers to count birds at their backyard feeders once every two weeks from November to April. The information helps scientists gain a better understanding of population trends and movements of birds and helps develop an awareness of North American feeder bird conservation efforts.
Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada conducts research throughout Canada through volunteer-based surveys such as the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey and Project FeederWatch. In addition, it coordinates the analysis of data collected by a growing network of observatories monitoring migratory birds across Canada through the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network.
As part of our support for Bird Studies Canada, Wild Birds Unlimited is a sponsor of Bird Studies Canada’s Destination Eagle project (DE). This project fits juvenile eagles with a transmitter and each eagle will be tracked on the Eagle Tracker Website. Wild Birds Unlimited is a major corporate sponsor of this not-for-profit bird conservation organization.
The Organization for Bat Conservation
The Organization for Bat Conservation is a non-profit organization that educates, protects, rescues and researches bats. Its purpose is to help protect bats and their habitats through conservation and education. Members of the organization present thousands of programs each year about the benefits and uniqueness of bats. The organization also helps public and private landowners provide suitable roosting habitats for bats.
Why Help Bats?
Bat HouseBats play an important role in our ecosystem by eating millions of insects in a night. Nature’s bug zappers, a single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in one hour.
And, in North America, natural bat habitat is diminishing. This lack of habitat makes bat survival more difficult. Providing a bat house in your backyard is one way to provide roosting space for bats when natural habitat is scarce.
When selecting a bat house, it is important to select a house that meets the needs of the bats. The OBC has developed bat house specifications based on years of scientific research. OBC, in conjunction with WBU, has developed two such houses.
Bats – The True Story
The Organization for Bat Conservation released a new video entitled, “Bats – The True Story.” Underwritten by Wild Birds Unlimited and OBC, this 35-minute video focuses on the myths and the facts that exist about bats and the important role bats play in our environment. This video is available through Wild Birds Unlimited stores.
Wild Birds Unlimited supports this organization through the sale of bat boxes and sponsored the video, Bats The True Story.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works to conserve healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants through creative and respectful partnerships. The foundation awards challenge grants to projects that benefit and promote conservation education, habitat protection and restoration and natural resources management.
The National Audubon Society
Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Their national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.
The North American Bluebird Society
Founded in 1978 by Dr. Lawrence Zeleny, The North American Bluebird Society (NABS) is a non-profit education, conservation and research organization that promotes the recovery of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species in North America. NABS has sought to educate, persuade, and enlighten the public in methods that an interested person could use to help bluebirds and other native cavity nesters.
Wild Birds Unlimited is a cooperate sponsor of this not-for-profit organization.
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory
Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, Inc. (CWBO), founded in 1996, is a Federal and State non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Their mission is to bring good science to the conservation of birds and their habitats through scientific research, scientific training and educational programs designed for all age groups.
Wild Birds Unlimited sponsors this Web site to further educate birders and non-birders on the banding and observing of birds at the Chipper Woods Bird Observatory in Indiana.