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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Wild Birds Unlimited is a sponsor of Project Feeder Watch and The Great Backyard Bird Count in Canada.
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 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.
Wild Birds Unlimited is a proud sponsor of scholarships for under-served youth to attend National Audubon Society Summer Camps.
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 corporate sponsor of this not-for-profit organization.
The Hummingbird Society
The Hummingbird Society was created in 1996 as a nonprofit* organization to help people understand and appreciate hummingbirds and to provide a channel to help save the ones that are endangered. The Hummingbird Society’s mission: teach people about hummingbirds, and they will understand them better; and from that understanding and caring, will come support for their protection.