National Geographic, National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and more than 190 organizations are joining forces for 12 months of storytelling and science to examine how our changing environment is impacting birds around the globe.
In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, nature lovers around the world are joining forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Help build a better world for birds by taking a simple but meaningful action each month. Take the Pledge
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January - Join the Cause
To kick off the Year of the Bird, we’re asking people to recommit themselves to helping birds and to protecting the places they need. So if you haven't signed up already, please do!
February - Join The Great Backyard Bird Count
In as little as 15 minutes you can help birds by counting the ones you see during February 16–19. Sharing your tally will help scientists track the health of the world’s bird populations. Count as many times as you like, anywhere you like, and send your tallies via the Great Backyard Bird Count website or use the eBird mobile app. It's as easy as watching your own bird feeder, plus the birds will thank you!
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Record-breaking participation in the Great Backyard Bird Count:
- Complete checklists: 173,826 in 2017; 176,857 in 2018
- Species: 5,940 in 2017; 6,309 in 2018
March - The Best Native Plants for Birds
This month, what's the best way to help birds? Grow native plants! Landscaped with native species, your yard, garden, patio, or balcony becomes a vital recharging station for birds passing through and a sanctuary for nesting birds. To find out which plants are best, use Audubon’s online plant finder. Search by zip code and you'll get a list of the best plants for you – and for the birds.