National Wildlife Refuge System

The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds

Eagles in their nest at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.
Urban areas offer opportunities to engage youth in study of birds.
Credit: Earth Conservation Corp.
The Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds (Urban Bird Treaty) is a program focused on working with cities and their partners to conserve migratory birds. The program enhances citizen awareness that urban areas can become effective sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife.

The Urban Bird Treaty cities, their partners, and the closest National Wildlife Refuges work together to protect, restore, and enhance urban/suburban habitats for birds, reduce hazards to birds, educate and engage citizens in monitoring, caring about, and advocating for birds and their conservation, foster youth environmental education, and manage invasive species to benefit and protect birds. The Urban Bird Treaty program intersects with the Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative and the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnerships by engaging with the refuge and their partners and working on shared goals in or around urban areas.

With the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Urban Bird Treaty program, Washington D.C. and its partners work to achieve the goals of Urban Bird Treatyprogram through projects that reach audiences of all ethnic and economic backgrounds and instill conservation values in youth - the environmentalists of tomorrow.

More than 970 students and members of the community engaged in a raptor education program designed to educate citizens and youth about monitoring, caring about, and advocating for birds and their conservation. Two adult male osprey were successfully captured and fitted with telemetry harnesses. The osprey were tracked during the breeding season to monitor foraging habits, and followed online during migration. The osprey Web camera of a nest on the Frederick Douglas Bridge in D.C. was installed by Earth Conservation Corps and launched by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.

Each Urban Bird Treaty city works chooses specific projects to meet the goals of the Urban Bird Treaty. More information about the Urban Bird Treaty Program can be found here.

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Last updated: February 27, 2015