Through education, outreach and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. The program focuses on people with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, chronic illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those who are neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, Birdability strives to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they too can experience the joys of birding.

Helpful resources from Birdability:

Three spokes of Birdability work

“We need our physical environment to be accessible, and we need our social, cultural and institutional environments to be welcoming, safe and inclusive for all those potential new birders so they know they are genuinely wanted, and to make sure they come back! We work on these three spokes simultaneously to help ensure that birding truly is for every body.”


How land trusts can use Birdability resources:

Birdability is a wonderful hub of information about how to make nearly everything your organization does more accessible to everyone. Birdability is also unique in the way it frames many issues of access within the conservation world. Land trusts may use these guides to write inclusive language for their website, when describing events, or creating signage for land trust properties or projects. Land trusts may also consider using Birdability’s accessibility guides when building trails and other infrastructure so that anyone who would like to volunteer has the ability to do so. For example, a wheelchair accessible trail or installation of benches might mean a new swath of volunteers to conduct eBird surveys at land trust properties.