Bird Friendly Iowa

Pride in Iowa's communities for maintaining healthy ecosystems for ourselves and our birds.

  • Golden-crowned Kinglet © T. J. Dunkerton

  • Indigo Bunting © T. J. Dunkerton

  • Fox Sparrow © T. J. Dunkerton

  • Cedar Waxwing © T. J. Dunkerton

  • Baltimore Oriole © T. J. Dunkerton

  • American Goldfinch © T. J. Dunkerton

Our Goals

  • Protect, restore & enhance bird habitat
  • Reduce threats to birds
  • Educate & engage people in birding & conservation

Why Do Birds Matter?

"Birds matter because they give us wings. And because if we save the birds, we will save the world." Pepper Trail, USFWS forensic ornithologist

Improving the Local Environment

Community progress and an improved environment are not mutually exclusive. Many improvements can be accomplished with little expense and can be fun for local adoption.

Economic Benefits of Designation

Birders enjoy their recreation where there are birds and they spend money in local communities - gas, food, and lodging. Why not have them spend it in yours?

Resources for Making Your Community Bird Friendly

Check our resource library for materials on landscaping, nest boxes, and threat mitigation strategies to help birds.

Bird Friendly Cities

Any municipality in the state of Iowa is eligible to apply for Bird Friendly Iowa designation.

Criteria for Cities

Study the criteria to be met for designation and select some for your focus. Note that the second group requirements are based on your city population.

How to Apply

What you need to organize and submit for designation as a Bird Friendly City.

Writing Your Narrative

Identify the criteria you meet in each category and demonstrate what you are doing as a city to meet each one.

Putting It All Together

Finalizing and submitting your application to be a Bird Friendly City

Annual Recertification

Renew your certification annually to demonstrate on-going committment to bird conservation.

High Flyer Award

Strengthen your commitment to urban bird conservation through meeting additional criteria.

Bird Friendly Counties

County Boards of Supervisors, working with their county conservation boards, are eligible to apply for county designation. This is a competitive process so meeting more than the minimum criteria will increase your chances.

Criteria for Counties

Study the criteria to be met for designation and select some for your focus. The minimum number for each category must be described in your narrative.

How to Apply

What you need to organize and submit for designation as a Bird Friendly County.

Writing Your Narrative

Identify the criteria you meet in each category and demonstrate what you are doing as a county to meet each one.

Putting It All Together

Finalizing and submitting your application to be a Bird Friendly City

Annual Recertification

Renew your certification annually to demonstrate on-going committment to bird conservation.

High Flyer Award

Strengthen your commitment to bird conservation through meeting additional criteria.

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Get in touch

  • Address

    c/o Trees Forever
    80 W. 8th Avenue
    Marion, IA 52302
  • Phone

    319-440-4195
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    Trees Forever is a 501(c)(3) non-profit under the Internal Revenue code and your donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Send to the above address with a note it is for BFI.