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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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Urbana University - First Bird Campus USA

Bird Campus USAUrbana University, an ISC Charter Member, recently became the first Bird Campus USA member in the country.  Steve Jones, PhD, President of Urbana University indicated that participation in the Bird Campus USA program was a logical step to take, not only because the program provides a mechanism to implement part of the Universities Sustainability Charter connected with stewardship, but because it will both contribute to the conservation of birds, as well as save the University money connected with campus management. 

Dr. Jones said, “With the financial assistance of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we have identified 14 acres on the campus that we previously maintained in turfgrass.  Those areas are now being restored to native Ohio prairie habitat. This will not only reduce the time, money and resources that we expended in maintaining turfgrass, but we will be helping several species of prairie habitat oriented bird species.  In addition, we have created a learn by doing experience for students, faculty and administration that will result in a community environmental education asset.”

Learn more about Urbana University at: www.urbana.edu


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

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.com

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

LandDesign
www.landdesign.com

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

Cold Climate Housing Research Center
www.cchrc.org

The State of the Birds
www.stateofthebirds.org

Green Living Tips
www.greenlivingtips.com

The Daily Green
www.thedailygreen.com

Energy Star
www.energystar.gov

Bird City, Kansas
www.birdcity.com 

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

Sustainable Northern Shelter
www.cchrc.org

 

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