Founded in 1905 by John Muir and George Bird Grinnell, The National Audubon Society is dedicated to protecting birds and bird habitats. Their focus on conservation and education place them at the top of our list.
We’ve supported The Nature Conservancy for years because of their dedication to protecting amazing habitat the globe over. Beginning in 1951, TNC has been acquiring lands to protect them. They work with companies large and small, focus on government policies, and network with tons of volunteers to accomplish some amazing feats. Some of these hit close to our home in the form of Nachusa Grasslands. This prairie restoration project now has over 3,500 acres and a growing herd of bison.
The Boreal forest located in Canada and Alaska is one of the five last great forest ecosystems remaining. Consisting of over 1 billion (with a ‘B’) acres, the Boreal is home to countless numbers of birds. The Boreal Songibrd Initiative is dedicated to keeping this forest ecosystem safe. This is one of the most important areas needed for sound conservation. Their 50-50 approach is crucial to safeguarding this habitat for generations to come.Read the report as to why the 50-50 approach is key to preserving the Boreal Forest
The National Wildlife Refuge Association has the mission to “conserve America’s wildlife heritage for future generations through strategic programs that protect and enhance the National Wildlife Refuge System and the landscapes beyond its boundaries”. The NWR system protects countless birds and other animals across the entire country and is vital for conservation as well as our health.
The American Bird Conservancy has many areas of conservation focus, including protecting migratory birds, limiting glass collisions, keeping cats indoors, and reducing climate change. George Fenwick founded ABC in 1994 and has already made a positive impact on bird conservation.
American Prairie Reserve is an organization in Montana that is working to protect a 3 million acre area of prairie land. This ambitious project is one we fully support and we are members of APR.
Partners in Flight is dedicated to conserving landbirds in the Americas. Specifically by “Advancing full life-cycle conservation of landbirds in the Americas via sound science, integrated conservation partnerships, habitat delivery on public and private lands, and targeted citizen outreach.”
National Parks Conservation Association is dedicated to “protecting and enhancing America’s National Park System for present and future generations”. NPCA is near and dear to our hearts because we absolutely love our National Park System. It is essential that we keep protecting large areas of land.
Ducks Unlimited is a hunter-conservation organization that is the perfect example of how land usage and habitat preservation can work hand in hand. Without viable waterfowl populations, hunting is not possible. Responsible hunting mixed with sound conservation means more habitat is safeguarded. The benefits go well beyond healthy waterfowl populations. DU has conserved over 14 million acres since 1937.
The Trust For Public Land is dedicated to connecting people to parks. Their mission is to have natural areas within a 10 minute walk from where people live. This differs greatly from large-scale conservation in that it is focused on people using the land and enjoying it. These natural areas are critical for public health and for reinstating what used to be a deep people-land connection.
Point Blue has over 50 years of conservation science under its leadership. Starting out as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965, Point Blue has morphed into coast-to-coast conservation with scientists dedicated to big issues like climate change and habitat loss. The organization is also training the next generation of conservation scientists, critical to upcoming years of uncertainty.
United States Fish and Wildlife Service is federal funded and operates under the Department of the Interior. Despite this, it is still a great avenue for bird conservation on a country-wide level. One of the highlights of the USFWS is the Duck Stamp program, often referred to as the Bird Conservation Stamp. 98% of the purchase price for a stamp goes to protecting birds and habitats. The USFWS also is responsible for the National Wildlife Refuge System, a collection of over 560 refuges that protect 150 million acres.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center has a bird banding lab and is responsible for the North American Breeding Bird Survey plus other important programs.
The National Wildlife Federation has been fighting for conservation since 1936. Some NWF projects near and dear to us include Ranger Rick, a must for anyone with kids and Garden for Wildlife where you can certify your backyard habitat. They also have a Conservation Hall of Fame. So awesome!
Ranger Rick is a fantastic resource for teaching kids about wildlife and conservation.