Conserving the Nature of America
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners with City of Providence for Urban Bird Treaty City Designation

May 6, 2019


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USFWS Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber joins Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and students from Paul Cuffee School’s Wild Kids Club in designating Providence as an Urban Bird Treaty City. Credit: Bridget Macdonald / USFWS

Today U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed,  Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, and other elected officials and many partners to designate the City of Providence as an Urban Bird Treaty City. Providence is now among 30 cities recognized nationwide with this designation. The event took place at Roget Williams Park Bandstand.

The goal of the Urban Bird Treaty program is to conserve urban habitats for birds, reduce urban hazards to birds, and educate and engage urban communities in caring about and conserving birds and their habitats. The treaty between the City of Providence and the USFWS acknowledges the importance of these local efforts in achieving migratory bird conservation and improving the health and well-being of people in urban areas.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud to designate Providence as an Urban Bird Treaty city and support the many dedicated partner organizations working here to restore habitat in local parks, deepen people's connection with nature, and conserve our migratory birds through community education, science, and stewardship,” Weber said.

The Partnership for Providence Parks was awarded an Urban Bird Treaty grant of $49,358 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and USFWS to support bird conservation and education efforts carried out in partnership with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the RI Zoological Society, the RI Department of Environmental Management, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, the Nature Conservancy, and park Friends Groups and other conservation-based organizations throughout the city.

Through this project, the partnership is creating opportunities for citizens and visitors of Providence to learn about and connect with birds throughout the city. Free guided bird walks, led by members of the Audubon Society of Rhode Island, are offered monthly in 10 different Providence Parks throughout the city.  In addition, biannual bird banding programs allow the public to get an up-close look at birds and allow scientists to track migration patterns internationally. Through the Teacher Institute training program, teachers gain valuable experience and resources to create unique outdoor learning opportunities for students to participate in community science that connects them to local flora and fauna in schoolyards and public parks. Partners are also engaging communities in habitat restoration in local parks using native plants that add valuable shelter and food sources for birds.

The Urban Bird Treaty program is a collaborative effort between the USFWS and participating U.S. cities. Launched in 1999, the first treaty was signed with New Orleans and the second with Chicago in 2000. Since that time, an additional 28 cities have become Urban Bird Treaty cities, for a total of 30 spanning from Alaska to Alabama.

To learn more about the Urban Bird Treaty program and the cities involved with this partnership, visit: and the storymap of Urban Bird Treaty Cities from around the country at:


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