Resources Directory

The existing network of bird conservation partners and resources provides an excellent opportunity for land trusts to engage in conservation at different scales. This Resource Directory is designed especially for land trusts: bringing many of the resources together in one place and helping navigate the resources to find what is pertinent to land trusts. The resources can be useful for land trusts' funding proposals, community outreach, strategic conservation planning, land acquisition and easement justification, management plan development, and monitoring. The resources on these pages are organized by four categories – Engaging People, Planning, Management Guides, and Presentations and Publications.

If there are additional resources that you’ve found helpful and would like added to the site, please email us with the resource name, category in which it should be listed, online link, and a description of how it's useful to land trusts. We value your contributions!

  • YardMap

    The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to collect data about how our local, regional, and national landscapes are being put to work as wildlife habitat. YardMap asks people to draw maps of their local landscapes; from small spaces like backyards, to larger spaces like land trust parcels.

    Engaging People, Resources Directory
  • Wildlife Conservation and Private Protected Areas: The Discrepancy Between Land Trust Mission Statements and Their Perceptions

    A journal article in Environmental Management, studying the extent to which land trusts explicitly focus on wildlife conservation.  We found that land trust mission statements rarely mention wildlife while land trusts cite wildlife habitat as the most significant outcome of their land protection. We outline the implications of this disconnect.... See More

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • Waterbird Plan

    A plan created to support a vision in which the distribution, diversity, and abundance of populations and habitats of breeding, migratory, and nonbreeding waterbirds are sustained or restored throughout the lands and waters of North America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

    The U.S Shorebird Conservation Plan was drafted by partners from state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations from across the country who pooled their resources and expertise to develop a conservation strategy for migratory shorebirds and the habitats upon which they depend.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Top 10 Tips For Working with Land Trusts on Bird Conservation In the West

    Written for a bird conservationist audience, this publication describes what land trusts are and spotlights ten tips that show the impacts and benefits land trusts in the West have on birds and bird conservation efforts.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • Top 10 Tips For Working with Land Trusts on Bird Conservation

    Written for a bird conservationist audience, this publication describes what land trusts are and spotlights ten tips that show the impacts and benefits land trusts have on birds and bird conservation efforts.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • State Wildlife Action Plans

    State Wildlife Actions Plans are proactive strategies that assess the health of each state’s wildlife and habitats, identify the problems they face, and outline the actions that are needed to conserve them over the long term.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • State of the Birds on Private Lands

    State of the Birds on Private Lands is a report produced by the Cornell Lab and other national conservation partners that highlights the enormous contributions that private landowners make to bird and habitat conservation.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Shrubland Ecosystem Guide

    Guides in this section are representative of landscapes dominated by mostly woody shrub species, often mixed with forbs and grasses.

    Resources Directory, Management Guides
  • Riparian Ecosystem Guide

    Guides in this section are representative of landscapes consisting of plant communities contiguous to waterways or bodies of water with visible vegetation or physical characteristics that reflect permanent water. They are typically transitional zones between wetland and upland habitats.

    Resources Directory, Management Guides