Last month Audubon released Survival by Degrees: 389 Bird Species on the Brink. The major takeaway is that two-thirds of our North American birds that we love are at risk of extinction due to climate change. If we take action now, we can improve the chances for hundreds of bird species. So, what exactly can you do?
To start, create more habitat for birds.
Birds face a tough future, but we can make it easier by providing them with more of the food, water, and nesting habitat they need, and through Habitat Hero, you can do this in your own garden.
Earlier this year we partnered with Colorado State University to provide students with an opportunity to support Habitat Hero’s efforts. One of these student projects was to design gardens for climate-threatened birds along the Front Range. We are excited to release these eight garden design booklets to the public, for free.
Each of the booklets feature plant profiles, a planting diagram, and maintenance tips that will help you plant a garden that will help give birds a fighting chance. Take a look at the booklet descriptions below and find the one(s) that best fits your needs.
Purpose: To appeal to as many pollinators and migratory birds as possible in a limited space and no yard. You can still make an impact, even from planting a few strategically placed planters
Audience: Residents living in apartments, retirement homes, patio homes, etc., designed for people with limited space, no yard, and minimal maintenance requirements
Purpose: To better utilize a backyard as a natural space desirable to native pollinators, native birds, and homeowners
Audience: Ideal design for suburban residents with under-utilized lawn space
Purpose: Incorporate human use of native plant species and habitats by pollinators and migratory birds
Purpose: Create a corridor for pollinator species to live. With the repeal of the Colorado Water ban, there is going to be an increase for homes that have a more readily available access to water. We wanted to create this design to be able to cater to people that utilize leach fields or water catchment systems.
Audience: Homeowners on the Front Range in Colorado that have a leach field in the back yard or a water catchment system they can use to water the lawn.
Download this Bird-Friendly Garden Design for Sunny and Wet habitats
Learn more how you can plant a better world for birds and people at rockies.audubon.org/habitat-hero.