How to Apply for Certification/Recertification

Bird Friendly City, a community education and action program of Bird Friendly Iowa (BFI), mobilizes citizens and public officials who already know that birds are more than beautiful - they are an important part of a healthy ecosystem and critical to our quality of life. For a full hard copy of the application process, you may download this PDF.

Initial certification and recertifications follow the exact same process with an annual application. Applications consist of two documents and a nonrefundable $100 application fee:

  1. Complete the application form and save it as a PDF for submission. This document creates these parts of your application:  
    1. Preamble
    2. Community partners
    3. Checklist of criteria met 
  2. In narrative form, address how your community meets the specified criteria, designating the specific criteria you meet. Include copies of any supporting documentation from other entities.
     (PDF version)
    1. Protect, restore and enhance native habitat for birds and other wildlife (3 of 12)
    2. Reduce threats to birds and other wildlife (1-3 of 6)
      1. Under 10,000 population - 1 criteria
      2. 10,000 - 50,000 - 2 criteria
      3. Over 50,000 - 3 criteria
    3. Educate and engage people in birding and wildlife conservation (3 of 12)

Once you have met the requirements and have been designated a Bird Friendly City, submit a brief report (PDF format) illustrating in words and photos what projects helped you meet the criteria (parts of which may be copied from your application). These will be placed on our website to not only recognize your success but to help others meet their goals. 

When both sections have been completed, submit your package (electronic PDF using the following form preferred) along with your $100 application fee. Make your check payable to "Trees Forever" AND write "Bird Friendly City Application" on the memo line. You may submit your application using the form below. The contact person is assumed to be the application approving party. If you are unable to submit a complete electronic application (or can only submit a partial electronic application), please mail the other relevant information as well as your check to:

        Bird Friendly Iowa
c/o Trees Forever
770 Seventh Avenue
Marion, IA 52302
Complete the following to electronically submit your application. The contact email will receive a copy of what was submitted.

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Upload up to three PDF documents