Advancing the Pace and Impact of Land Trusts’ Protection and Stewardship Efforts Through Birds

Land Trust Grants
Westchester Land Trust Meadow Management Workshop
  • What Birds Can Do for Land Trusts

    Birds serve as important indicators of environmental health, provide ecosystem services such as pollination and insect control, and enrich our lives through recreation and beauty. The Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative seeks to understand, promote, and facilitate productive partnerships between land trusts and the bird conservation community.

  • What Land Trusts Can Do for Birds

    Research published in Science in 2019 finds a net population loss of almost three billion birds since 1970, with habitat loss as a leading driver of these declines. Land Trusts protect over 60 million acres of private land in the U.S., providing an ideal mechanism for conserving and stewarding our nation’s privately-owned ecosystems to increase biodiversity and limit bird declines on private lands.

Warbler on branch

Land Trust Grant Program

Learn how to apply for funding to help build capacity and partnerships with the bird community, and facilitate bird-focused habitat management/restoration on private lands.

Learn About Small Grant Program

Land Trust Success Stories & Collaboratives

Read about collaborative partnerships and success stories showcasing how land trusts have conserved both lands and birds and learn how to take the next steps.

Two Women Holding Grassland Bird Sign in Field


Useful Resources

Find resources useful for land trust funding proposals, community outreach, conservation planning, land acquisition and easement justification, management plan development, and monitoring

Learn about eBird Tools

Use online eBird tools to amplify land conservation efforts, capture critical data for science, engage with the birding community, and support land stewardship.

Funding Opportunities

Explore bird-specific funding sources which can help with the development of fundraising plans, outreach programs, land acquisitions/easements, and leverage additional funding sources.

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