What Is "Bird Friendly Iowa"?

A statewide bird habitat conservation and educational outreach program created by a partnership of Iowa conservation organizations. The flagship outreach and action program of Bird Friendly Iowa is called "Bird Friendly City", similar to the Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree City USA" program. Other states have recently initiated programs called "Bird City" or "Bird Town" programs, with "Bird City Wisconsin" being recognized as the national leader.

Bird Friendly Iowa was envisioned by its partners as a program which could promote birds and habitat conservation in a variety of public and private locations across the entire landscape. Bird Friendly City is the first phase of what is intended to become an even more all-encompassing program.

  • Bird Friendly Iowa works with communities, organizations and citizens to create and enhance essential habitats that support birds.
  • Educates citizens about the importance of birds and healthy ecosystems.
  • Provides public recognition for those who work for sustainable solutions for birds.

Partner Organizations

Conservation Districts of Iowa
Representative: Clare Lindahl



Iowa Association of County Conservation Boards
Representative: Dan Cohen



Iowa Audubon
Representative: Doug Harr



Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Representative: Bruce Ehresman



Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Representative: Lisa Hein, Mary Runkel, Carole Teator



Iowa Ornithologists' Union
Representative: Ann Johnson



Iowa Wildlife Center
Representative: Marlene Ehresman



Natural Resources Conservation Service
Representative: Judy Martinson



Sustainability Program - University of Iowa
Representative: Liz Christiansen



Trees Forever
Representative: Patty Reisinger



Unaffiliated Partners-at-Large
Representative: Ric Zarwell, Julia Clymer