Success Stories

There are numerous land trusts that have had exceptional experiences conserving both lands and birds; we interviewed some of these land trusts. Their stories have inspired other land trusts interested in becoming more involved in bird conservation and demonstrated how a land trust can benefit from bird conservation, including which first steps to take. We encourage you to read the stories of the land trusts listed below to learn more about their bird conservation efforts, and what they did to succeed.

  • Finger lakes land trust
    Finger Lakes Land Trust

    FLLT’s origins are deeply rooted in birds and bird conservation, as their conserved lands benefit breeding and migrating birds.

  • Indian River Lakes Conservancy

    IRLC is located in a unique area rich in bird species and is a critical site for the Golden-winged Warbler.

  • Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

    KHLT is working to identify the statewide needs and successes of Alaskan land trusts for conserving priority bird habitats.

  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

    KELT works with volunteer citizen scientists and eBird to establish bird monitoring programs that inform their conservation and management efforts.

  • Mendocino Land Trust

    Mendocino Land Trust uses eBird, Merlin, and All About Birds to engage their community in citizen science for bird conservation.

  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy

    MVC prioritizes the protection of intact functional ecosystems, and saw they couldn’t have healthy ecosystems without birds.

  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy

    In 2019, Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) spearheaded a collaborative effort to establish the Kickapoo Bird Habitat Initiative (KBHI).

  • Raritan Headwaters Association

    Using the American Kestrel as an ambassador for clean water and land protection, the Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) has been developing a program to install and monitor nest boxes for the species in the Upper Raritan River Watershed of New Jersey.

  • Sebasticook Regional Land Trust

    As a small land trust in a rural area, SRLT uses bird conservation to help raise awareness and garner support for their work.

  • Sierra Foothill Conservancy

    Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) used funds from a 2021 Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative small grant to integrate eBird data in its Working Lands Conservation Strategy.

  • Sonoma Land Trust

    SLT is dedicated to land restoration and conservation efforts that will provide habitat to a large range of bird species.

  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

    SAHC has conserved nearly 800 acres of ecologically significant habitat to provide nesting grounds for birds.