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, Presentations and Publications, and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice.
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!
- NABCI Field Guide to Developing Partnerships
Developing mutually beneficial partnerships based on common or complementary goals requires commitment, flexibility, and a desire and capacity to listen and understand the needs, values and challenges of potential partners. This document provides guidance on how to find common goals, effectively reach out to potential partners, and develop lasting relationships that benefit all players.
- State of the World’s Birds Report 2022
The fifth edition of BirdLife’s flagship State of the World’s Birds report summarizes what birds, as metrics for planetary health, can tell us about the state of nature, the pressures upon it, and the solutions in place and needed.
- Land Trusts and Wildlife Crossing Structures Toolkit
The Center for Large Landscape Conservation published a 29-page Land Trusts and Wildlife Crossing Structures Toolkit in 2023, which explores how land trusts can engage in wildlife crossing projects.
- ShorebirdViz: Track Shorebird Migration on Your Land
Shorebirds make some of the longest migratory trips in the bird world, with some species travelling from South America to Alaska every year and seeking wetland refuge throughout their journey. To better understand shorebird movement and relative abundance, the Cornell…
- Saving Land Magazine: Help Birds
Birds connect us to wild spaces and our natural world. They help to pollinate plants, disperse seeds and are bioindicators of ecosystem health. Birds bring people together and give them joy. But now, birds need our help.
- 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.
- 2022 U.S. State of the Birds
The State of the Birds 2022 report sounds an alarm about steep population losses in virtually all habitats. The report identifies 70 Tipping Point species that have lost half or more of their breeding population since 1970, and are on tract to lose another half or more in the next 50 years.
- Download eBird Data
eBird has open data access products available in several formats that can be helpful in your strategic conservation planning, scientific modeling, and analyzing data from your land trust hotspots. Note: You must have an eBird account and be logged in…
- eBird Trip Reports
Looking for new ways to tell stories on your land? eBird Trip Reports are a great way for land trusts to engage the birding community and share birding stories.
With eBird trip reports, birders can compile their eBird checklists to make…
- eBird Abundance Maps
Abundance maps illustrate the relative abundance patterns of bird species throughout the year. For example, this information includes where a bird breeds, migrates, winters, or stays year-round. Abundance maps can be viewed for a bird’s full annual life cycle or…