What Is "Bird Friendly Iowa"?

Bird Friendly Iowa Logo 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 ---

  1.  Works with communities, organizations and citizens to create and enhance essential habitats that support birds
  2.  Educates citizens about the importance of birds and healthy ecosystems
  3.  Provides public recognition for those who work for sustainable solutions for birds

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. In 2020 the program expanded to include counties who compete with others to be ranked highly and to be designated as bird friendly counties. We hope that these counties can partner with cities in their area to make the program even more robust.

A REAP grant for 2022 has allowed us to contract with a part-time coordinator to help support this growth. Trees Forever serves as administrative support for this effort.

Mailing Address

Bird Friendly Iowa
c/o Trees Forever
80 W. 8th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302




  • birdfriendlyiowa@gmail.com
  • coordinator@birdfriendlyiowa.org

Partner Organizations

City of Cedar Rapids
Represented by Carole Teator

Iowa Audubon
Represented by Doug Harr

Iowa County Conservation Systems
Represented by Dan Cohen

Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Represented by Anna Buckardt Thomas

Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Represented by Lisa Hein

Iowa Ornithologists' Union
Represented by Ann Johnson

Iowa Wildlife Center
Represented by Bruce Ehresman

Trees Forever
Represented by Nick McGrath

Unaffiliated Partners-at-Large
Represented by Patty Reisinger, Ric Zarwell