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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Mendocino Land Trust

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

  • Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

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

  • Kachemak Heritage Land Trust

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Driftless Area Land Conservancy

    Operating under the organizational support of Driftless Area Land Conservancy (DALC), Southern Driftless Grasslands (SDG) is a partnership that connects landowners to stewardship resources.

  • A sandy beach on Dauphin Island
    Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

    Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries (DIBS), an all-volunteer land trust in Alabama, used funds from a small grant in 2021 to manage 15 acres of important habitats on the barrier island.

  • Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

    The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast uses the Florida Scrub Jay as a keystone species for public outreach about habitat management and bird conservation in their community.

  • Connecticut Land Conservation Council

    Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice (EDIJ) efforts are an integral component of land conservation work at the Connecticut Land Conservation Council.