Bird City U.S.A.
- In: Program Materials
- Updated 15 May 2013
Why should your municipality get involved and become a Bird City U.S.A?
Birds and Wildlife
First and foremost, it’s simply the right thing to do. In addition to the ongoing threat of loss of habitat, staggering numbers of birds are directly killed due to a number of other human-related causes, and they need our help.
Protecting and helping birds is not only the right thing to do, it is also good for the economy. Birds are invaluable as controllers of insect pests, as pollinators of crops, and dispersers of native plant seeds, and they also generate tremendous economic revenues through the pastimes of bird feeding and bird watching.
Pride is sometimes a less tangible benefit, but gaining and retaining Bird City U.S.A. recognition is an award to the managers, volunteers, board members and others who work on behalf of better care of a community. Non-involved citizens, too, often share a sense of pride that theirs is a Bird City U.S.A.. This may translate to better care of habitat areas on private property or a willingness to volunteer in the future.
Public Image & Recognition
A community's public image is very important. Being a Bird City U.S.A. helps present the kind of image that most citizens want to have for the place they live or conduct business. The Bird City U.S.A. signs at community entrances tell visitors that here is a community that cares about its environment, birds, and community. It is also an indication to prospective businesses that the quality of life may be better here.
Community Engagement & Education
Education begins with discussion of the requirements and getting organized to apply for Bird City USA status. In turn, this can set in motion aid from a variety of professionals in the form of technical advice, literature, films, and other assistance. Presentation of the Bird City USA award offers excellent publicity opportunities. This results not only in satisfaction for the individuals involved and their families, but also provides one more way to reach large numbers of people with information about birds.