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State of the Birds 2013

The fourth State of the Birds report highlights the enormous contributions private landowners make to bird and habitat conservation, and state-of-the-birds-report-coveropportunities for increased contributions. Roughly 60% of the land area in the United States (1.43 billion acres) is privately owned by millions of individuals, families, organizations, and corporations, including 2 million ranchers and farmers and about 10 million woodland owners. More than 100 species have 50% or more of their U.S. breeding distributions on private lands.

Birds are important indicators of the health of our environment. To assess bird populations and conservation opportunities on private lands across the nation, the State of the Birds report combined the latest eBird distribution data with land ownership data from the Protected Areas Database of the U.S. As in past reports, the report focused on species dependent on a single primary habitat, or habitat obligates.

The results emphasize the high dependence on private lands among grassland, wetland, and eastern forest birds, with important conservation opportunities existing in all habitats. Many conservation programs available to private landowners offer win-win opportunities to implement land management practices that benefit birds and landowners. The success stories highlighted in the report demonstrate that voluntary private landowner efforts can yield real and meaningful bird conservation results.

Working cooperatively with private landowners is a central theme of ISC-Audubon. That is why ISC-Audubon has created the John James Audubon Conservation Network and the Audubon Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary Program for landowners. ISC-Audubon is looking to greatly expand its network of certified bird sanctuaries over the next year.

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Sustainable Communities

Community PeopleSustainable community development embraces a wide array of opportunities and options. By working in rural and urban places with policies and programs we can recognize the diversity of communities across the United States and the need for community-based action.

Through existing authorities and resources we should seek to help communities work in partnership with farmers, landowners, and others in the private sector; increase education and technical skills; connect people to the natural resource base; protect lives and property; expand infrastructure, community facilities, and technology; and coordinate involvement of stakeholders.

By fostering sustainable approaches to community development we should help to strengthen the capacity of communities to take integrated action toward improving environmental, social, and economic conditions.

Audubon Lifestyles’ Choice for Top Three Sustainable Community Programs:

  1. The Audubon International Sustainable Community Program learn more at: www.auduboninternational.org
  2. The Natural Step Framework learn more at: www.naturalstep.org
  3. EarthCraft Communities learn more at: www.earthcrafthouse.com

Fast Facts

  • The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
  • Recycled paper requires 64% less energy than making paper from virgin wood pulp, and can save many trees.

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International
www.auduboninternational.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org

About.com
www.about.com

Pioneer Thinking
www.pioneerthinking.com

EarthCraft Homes
www.earthcrafthouse.com

The Natural Step
www.naturalstep.org

Animal Aid
www.animalaid.org.uk

Recipes For Sustainability
www.veganrecipes.org.uk

  

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