Whether birds are nesting, feeding, migrating, or wintering, healthy habitat is the key. But habitat loss and degradation are the main drivers of bird population declines. Meanwhile, threats such as collisions with glass and wind turbines, deadly pesticides, and free-roaming cats compound the impacts of habitat degradation.
ABC has a proven track record of victories in protecting and restoring some of the most important and irreplaceable bird habitats, as well as tackling the most serious threats to birds. Right now we have an unprecedented opportunity to do even more, thanks to ABC's “Home is Where the Habitat Is” campaign.
ABC board members and other supporters have already donated $500,000 to launch this campaign. Please consider donating by December 31 to help us boost our campaign to $1 million for birds and their habitats.
From Great Plains prairies to volcanic peaks, from cloud forests to the Great Lakes, your gift will help us conserve vital habitats for birds across the Americas. Here are a few examples:
Grasslands – Grassland birds, including Baird's Sparrow and Long-billed Curlew, are losing ground quickly and experiencing some of the most dramatic population declines of all North American birds. To counter this, ABC and its partners are working with public and private landowners to protect and manage grassland habitats from the Northern Great Plains to the Chihuahuan Desert in northern Mexico.
Cloud Forest and Other Central and South American Habitats – With its network of partners, ABC has established or expanded protected areas throughout the Americas covering more than one million acres and protecting habitat for 191 globally threatened bird species. These include some of the rarest birds on Earth: Brazil's Araripe Manakin and Stresemann's Bristlefront; Bolivia's Blue-throated Macaw; and Peru's Long-whiskered Owlet. With our partners, we are working to create more reserves and add to the more than 5.3 million trees and shrubs already planted to restore degraded habitat, while working with local communities to produce bird-friendly crops, such as shade coffee and cacao, that provide sustainable livelihoods.
Hawaiian Forests – While Hawai'i is known as the bird extinction capital of the world, there remains a lot that can be done to save Hawaiian birds. ABC and its partners are focused on addressing the most significant threats to Hawaiian birds, including invasive species and habitat loss. We are planting 240,000 native trees and restoring forests for endangered Hawaiian birds, including unique honeycreepers such as the Palila and Maui Parrotbill. We are also establishing new, protected colonies of Newell's Shearwaters and Hawaiian Petrels on Kaua'i within predator-proof fences and are working to do the same for Laysan Albatross and other seabirds on Moloka'i.
Diverse Forests of the Great Lakes and the Appalachians – In order to survive, many birds depend on mixed-aged forests, including mature forests interspersed with stands of young trees. ABC and its partners are creating and managing thousands of acres of habitat for breeding Golden-winged Warblers, which have lost more than 60 percent of their overall population in the past 40 years. American Woodcock and other specialists of diverse forests in the Great Lakes and Appalachian Mountains also benefit from this work.
These are just some of the ways ABC is working to conserve and restore vital habitat for birds across the Western Hemisphere. Help us by donating today to our “Home is Where the Habitat Is” campaign. Please don't delay—our campaign ends December 31.
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere’s bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.