NABCI’s Field Guide to Developing Partnerships: Case Studies
Presented at the January 2021 NABCI Meeting
To highlight many of the concepts discussed in NABCI’s Field Guide to Developing Partnerships, NABCI compiled some case studies in which conservation organizations partner with organizations whose primary focus is not conservation to achieve goals that benefit both. The talks below were presented at the January 2021 NABCI meeting.
Western Rivers Brewers’ Council: Protecting Rivers and Birds through Non-Traditional Partnerships
Brewers know that an adequate and reliable water supply is critical to their craft. Audubon knows that it is critical to healthy rivers, habitats, birds, and other wildlife. Together, they are working to protect rivers and water across the West. This coalition of conservation-minded breweries, the Western Rivers Brewers’ Council, is taking action by helping Audubon reach new audiences, recruit volunteers, advocate for sound water policy, and yes – brew beer. Learn more about how the WRBC is making a difference for birds and their habitats during this presentation from Audubon Southwest Outreach Biologist, Steven Prager.
Prioritizing Community Restoration and Youth Engagement in Priority Bird Conservation Areas
The success of Audubon Connecticut’s Urban Oases program is derived from the community partnerships that have connected the youth of New Haven with nearby nature and conservation action. To develop a presence in the city, Audubon Connecticut identified key partners, developing programs that benefit all the partner’s goals as well as our bird conservation goals. To increase their impact, they developed a GIS-decision support tool that includes biodiversity, landscape, and socio-economic layers in order to prioritize areas for creating urban oases that could most benefit both migratory birds and underserved communities. Learn more about this initiative in this presentation by Ken Elkins, the Community Conservation Manager for Audubon CT and Audubon NY.