Designation as a Bird Friendly community indicates that minmum standards have been met. Community engagement to continually recognize and ameliorate threats to birds is critical for long-term success. Each year a community must reapply and demonstrate it continues meeting the minimal criteria. After three years of successful participation in the program, a community will be awarded "Sustained Flight" status.
As additional criteria are met, the more "bird friendly" a community becomes. Communities may be awarded "High Flyer" status as their portfolio of achievments increases by incorporating enhanced criteria items.
Any changes to a community's infrastructure or operational procedures that would negatively impact the threat to birds; i.e., recinding of a city ordinance relating to pesticide use or new construction which is not bird friendly, must be included in the narrative submitted. Any changes which become known to Bird Friendly Iowa but are not addressed in the narrative will be assessed by the BFI review team before approval of a recertification.