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Bird Friendly City: A Certification Program

In the last 50 years, North American bird populations have dropped by more than 25%. Three billion of our birds, including common species that live in our towns and cities, are gone. This is massive.

We can reverse this trend with coordinated, science-backed action. Is your city bird friendly?

About the Program

Nature Canada has developed a certification standard to certify eligible cities as a “Bird Friendly City”, to recognize and celebrate the contributions they have made to save bird lives in their municipalities. The goal of certification is to provide local partners with a clear standard that reflects what a city needs to do to make it safe for birds. Certification is a badge of honor and a source of community pride. It tells the world that your city or town does things to help birds and reverse their declines in your own backyard. We are looking towards World Migratory Bird Day 2022 as a timeline to certify at least thirty eligible Canadian cities as a Bird Friendly City.

Saving bird lives starts with local action! Across Canada, people are coming together to make their cities bird friendly.

Nature groups, municipal officials, and other community groups are teaming up with Nature Canada to ensure our urban environments are safe havens for birds rather than a source of threats. From predation by domestic cats, to window and car collisions, cities and towns present many preventable hazards to birds.

A Bird Friendly City is a community where:

  • Key threats to birds are effectively mitigated;
  • Nature is restored so native bird populations can thrive;
  • Residents are actively engaged in admiring and monitoring local bird populations;
  • Organizations are creating events to protect birds;
  • Progressive municipal policies are created to protect urban bird populations; and
  • A Bird Team has been created to oversee and lead these initiatives.

How do we reverse human impact?

1. Threat Reduction

Reduce threats to birds through educational and regulatory measures to create more opportunities for birds to survive and thrive.

2. Habitat Protection, Restoration, and Climate Resiliency

Factor in the well-being of birds and communities when planning urban development projects to ensure that habitat conservation and restoration are prioritized.

3. Community Outreach and Education

Officially recognizing and celebrating days like World Migratory Bird Day will allow communities to celebrate birds and the diverse places they call home.

Save our Birds

Canada’s birds need your help. There are three billion fewer birds in North America today than 50 years ago. Much of these losses are caused by human activities – from predation by domestic cats, to window and car collisions.

Birds play an essential role in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems in our communities and our planet, cities and towns present many hazards to birds.

Nature Canada teams up with nature groups, municipal officials, and other community stakeholders to ensure our urban environments are safe havens for birds rather than a source of threats.


Want to learn how to make your city bird friendly?

Whether you are interested in calling on the government to help birds or want to share our messages, every little bit helps. When you sign up you will receive updates on our work with bird conservation and current projects with plenty of opportunity to get involved!

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