#BigYearAtHome Team and US Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Bird Treaty Program
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Bird Treaty Program supports public-private partnerships in U.S. cities that are working to make local communities healthier places for birds and people. Program partners collaborate to conserve birds and their habitats, providing opportunities for community engagement in bird-related recreation, education, and conservation activities in and around our Urban Bird cities. CLICK HERE to learn more about Urban Bird Treaty Program and its goals to:
- Protect, restore, and enhance urban/suburban habitats for birds,
- Reduce urban/suburban hazards to birds, and
- Educate and engage urban/suburban citizens in caring about and conserving birds and their habitats.
In Portland, Oregon, Urban Bird Treaty Program partners are modeling “What it Takes to Develop a Bird-Safe City.” In 2003, Portland was designated an Urban Bird Treaty City and by 2018 the city had adopted a Central City Plan that includes regulations requiring builders in Portland’s downtown core to follow procedures to ensure their windows are bird safe. Now, The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), which sits on the east side of the Willamette River in Portland less than a mile away from the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, has an exhibit that demonstrates three types of window glazing that help reduce bird collisions. CLICK HEAR to learn more about OMSI’s bird-safe glass windows and other buildings in the Portland area that have bird-safe features.
Stay tuned to learn more about how you can participate in the Urban Bird Treaty Program, as the #BigYearAtHome Team gears up for our November challenge!