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Urban Birds to Help

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.48.18 AMBirds in urban yards and neighborhoods dominated by buildings and tiny yards, patios, or balconies need help finding food, shelter, and water.  Especially if there are large parks, wooded streams, or other patches of habitat nearby, creating additional small patches of habitat or providing food and water can help the birds better survive and move across the otherwise hostile landscape.

Urban Birds to Help are those that are usually common in local woodlands or habitat patches, and that can be attracted and helped by creating additional habitat in a small urban yard.

Click on the name of an urban bird in your area to find the one page fact sheet on how you can provide food, water, shelter, and nesting opportunities for these birds in your small urban yard, patio, or balcony.

Urban Birds to Help

ANHU

Anna’s Hummingbird

 

BCHU

Black-chinned Hummingbird

CEWA

Cedar Waxwing

CHSW

Chimney Swift

CONI

Common Nighthawk

GRCA

Gray Catbird

NOCA

Northern Cardinal

NOMO

Northern Mockingbird

RTHU

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

SOSP

Song Sparrow

You can make an even bigger impact on these birds if you get your neighbors to help you provide habitat for birds in their yards.  For more information on how to help birds in your neighborhood see the Neighborhood Bird Conservation Workbook.

Suburban Birds to Help

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.49.01 PMTraditional suburban yards are dominated by lawns, flowerbeds, foundation plantings, and shade trees.  With a little additional work, they can provide useful habitat for many local birds that need help to survive in suburban neighborhoods.

Suburban Birds to Help are those birds that may be more common in larger local habitat patches, such as woodlands and large parks, but that need help surviving the less hospitable landscapes of traditional yards and neighborhoods.

To help birds in your suburban yard, click on the name of picture of a Suburban Bird to Help in your area to get an attractive and printable pdf handout outlining what the bird needs and how you can provide what it needs in your yard.

Suburban Birds to Help


BEWRBewick’s Wren


BTH

Brown Thrasher

BUORBullock’s Oriole

BUSHBushtit

CACHCarolina Chickadee


ESOWEastern Screech-Owl

GCFLGreat Crested Flycatcher


NOFLNorthern Flicker

PUMA

Purple Martin

SPTOSpotted Towhee

To better help birds in your neighborhood, work with your neighbors to provide additional habitat for the birds in their yards.  For more information on how to make your neighborhood better for birds, see the Neighborhood Bird Conservation Workbook published by Audubon.  Note that the Birds to Help handouts listed there are no longer available on the Audubon website, but are now posted here at Urban Birdscapes!

Rural Birds to Help

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 2.48.12 PMIf you own a rural yard or larger property, you probably have a lot of birds already in your yard.  But there are always additional birds in your area that may need a little extra attention in order to thrive on your property.

Rural Birds to Help are those species that can often thrive on a larger or more rural property, but that usually need a little more care and help to survive.

To find a Rural Bird to Help to attract to your property, click on the image of name of the birds below in order to get the one page printable .pdf fact sheet outlining what that bird needs and how you can provide what it needs on your property.  Some of these birds live in only part of North America, so make sure that the ones you want to help actually live in your area.

Rural Birds to Help

AMKEAmerican Kestrel

BANO

Barn Owl

BADOBarred Owl

EABLEastern Bluebird

EAMEEastern Meadowlark

EATOEastern Towhee

NOBONorthern Bobwhite

WEBLWestern Bluebird

WODOWood Duck

WOTHWood Thrush

 

To better help birds in your rural area, enlist your neighbors in providing additional habitat for these birds.  You may even consider forming a wildlife coop in order to better work together.  You can find additional information on how to help birds in your neighborhood by downloading the Neighborhood Bird Conservation Workbook.  Note that at the Birds to Help fact sheets are no longer available on the Audubon at Home website, but are now available here at Urban Birdscapes.

Birds to Help

BCHUNo matter where you live, there are cool birds that need your help to better thrive in your yard.  Even the smallest balcony or urban yard can provide important habitat for birds looking for food, shelter, water, or shelter.

Birds to Help are those species that need extra help to thrive near people. They may be relatively common, but they still need our help to remain common around our homes and in our neighborhoods.

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.48.18 AMHomeowners can choose a few Birds to Help found in their part of the country and depending on whether they have a small downtown or urban yard, standard suburban yard, or a more rural property. Neighborhood groups promoting a few locally important Birds to Help in their community, can improve local habitats, engage new audiences in helping birds, and make a significant impact on their quality of life.

For each Bird to Help, the National Audubon Society (funded by the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service) has created a one page easily printable fact sheet with what the bird needs and how you can provide for those needs in your yard or property.  These fact sheets are no longer available on the Audubon at Home website, so here they are for your enjoyment!

Click on a bird name to get its .pdf  Bird to Help fact sheet.

Birds to Help

SOSP

Urban

ESOW

Suburban

AMKE

Rural

Anna’s Hummingbird

Black-chinned Hummingbird

Cedar Waxwing

Chimney Swift

Common Nighthawk

Gray Catbird

Northern Cardinal

Northern Mockingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Song Sparrow

Bewick’s Wren

Brown Thrasher

Bullock’s Oriole

Bushtit

Carolina Chickadee

Eastern Screech-Owl

Great Crested Flycatcher

Northern Flicker

Purple Martin

Spotted Towhee

American Kestrel

Barn Owl

Barred Owl

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Towhee

Northern Bobwhite

Western Bluebird

Wood Duck

Wood Thrush

 

For more information on how to help birds in each type of residential or commercial landscape, see the posts on Urban Birds to Help, Suburban Birds to Help, and Rural Birds to Help.