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!
- Bird Academy
Bird Academy provides a collection of online courses and access to live events from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, including free online bird-related public lectures, educational videos, and birding-related games for kids.
- Birds of the World
Birds of the World, a powerful new subscription-based resource, compiles the most comprehensive, up-to-date ornithological data into one platform through integration of four major ornithological works.
- NABCI Relevancy Toolkit
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative offers a relevancy toolkit that demonstrates how bird conservation can contribute to a diverse set of economic interests, human health, clean air, and clean water.
Merlin is a free bird identification app for your smartphone, offering quick identification help for all levels of bird watchers to learn about North America and Europe’s common and rare birds.
- Land Trust Bird Conservation Promotional Materials
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has created a bookmark, power point slide, and press release to help land trusts promote and advertise the Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative website and its resources.
- 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…
- 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.
- Shrubland Ecosystem Guide
Guides in this section are representative of landscapes dominated by mostly woody shrub species, often mixed with forbs and grasses.
- 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%.
- 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.