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!

  • Joint Ventures

    Migratory Bird Joint Ventures are cooperative, regional partnerships that work to conserve habitat for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Important Bird Areas

    The Important Bird Areas Program is a global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States. The IBA program identifies and aims to conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Habitat Network

    Habitat 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. Habitat Network 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
  • Grassland Ecosystem Guide

    Guides in this section are representative of landscapes dominated by grasses and other herbaceous species. Tree and shrub cover is typically less than 10%.

    Resources Directory, Management Guides
  • Forestland Ecosystem Guide

    Guides in this section are representative of landscapes or natural woodland systems dominated by trees and other woody plants where tree cover typically ranges from 25% – 100% cover.

    Resources Directory, Management Guides
  • eBird: A Tool for Land Trusts Presentation

    A presentation on eBird, what it is, how land trusts can best utilize it, and an introduction to its various features such as eBird’s Location Explorer, HotSpot Explorer, Species Distribution Maps, and Data Download.

    Resources Directory, Presentations and Publications
  • Celebrate Urban Birds

    Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen-science project developed to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or scientific investigation. The project collects data from participants, providing valuable knowledge of how different environments influence birds in urban areas.

    Engaging People, Resources Directory
  • BirdSleuth K-12

    BirdSleuth K-12 provides innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects through inquiry-based science curriculum and activities.

    Engaging People, Resources Directory
  • Birds of North America

    The Birds of North America (BNA) is a comprehensive online reference for information on the natural history of breeding birds in the US (including Hawaii) and Canada.

    Resources Directory, Planning
  • Birding Trails

    Birding trails are scattered across North America like individual strings of pearls. These trails, covering expanses of roadway across many miles, offer birders, naturalists, and general eco-tourists grand opportunities to explore diverse habitats near home and in distant places.

    Engaging People, Resources Directory