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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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The Roots of Sustainability

By: Michael Chaplinsky | Turf Feeding Systems

The Importance of Healthy Roots & Rhizosphere to Create Sustainable Landscapes
Up to 60% of the total food manufactured by a plant through photosynthesis exits out its root system for the sole purpose of feeding the beneficial microorganisms that exist around the roots in the area called, 'The Rhizosphere'


It’s pretty amazing, that plants recognize the importance of having a healthy microbial culture around so much, that they freely give up to 60% of their manufactured wealth. The plants feed the beneficial microorganisms (fungi, bacteria, actinomycetes) around their roots for the expressed purpose of gaining personal protection and increased nutrition. Since this occurs in nature and has since the beginning of time, then naturally everything we do should follow this science and evolutionary track. So for that reason, soil biology is an important part of a plant’s health and survival.

The use of soil improving/microbial enhancing/root building products will greatly help promote a health soil and rhizosphere. Proven products like humates used during the winter months will cause your plants to excel in the spring. Just because a plant is dormant doesn't mean its dead. Plenty of change can occur at the microbial and chemical level that won't be apparent until the spring flush arrives.

The goal is to have Sustainable Landscapes that use a minimum of resources to reach excellence. This can be accomplished through the use of quality organics added to the soil to promote and propagate healthy soil biology with biodiversity.  Healthily soils   will benefit the soil structure, the soil microorganisms, and the plants. Plus it's a very in cost effective way to manage a nutrient program.




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

Audubon Lifestyles 
The International Sustainability Council 

Sustainability Campaign


American Society of Golf Course Architects

The United States Golf Association (USGA)

Sustainable Golf & Development

Turf Feeding Systems

National Geographic


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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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