Guests at the Albuquerque celebration play the Migration Game, which shows how birds migrate and some of the threats they face. Photo credit: USFWS
We recently celebrated Albuquerque’s designation an Urban Bird Treaty city. As Benjamin Tuggle, the Service’s Southwest Regional Director, noted: Albuquerque’s middle Rio Grande corridor “is growing rapidly. It is critical that we work together to balance all the demands on the river while conserving the important natural resource we so highly value in New Mexico.”
We featured the Urban Bird Treaty in the summer issue of Fish & Wildlife News:
In Phoenix, Arizona, residents learn about bird-friendly landscaping at the Rio Salado Bird Garden, a garden in the local Audubon Center. Residents, especially those with disabilities, are given the opportunity to participate in citizen science opportunities.
In Washington, DC, Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) included 30 elementary schools in the District in a bird-of-prey study. ECC installed and operated a web camera at an osprey nest on the South Capitol Street (Frederick Douglass Memorial) Bridge. Students helped tag four juvenile osprey and tracked the tagged birds online. ECC made school visits to educate students about bird-of-prey lifecycles, osprey in the urban environment and actions students can take to improve habitat for birds of prey.
And in Indianapolis, Indiana, the city created the Indy Birding Trail, an online guide to 35 of the city's best areas for birds.