Individuals and community groups can contribute to bird conservation by becoming involved in conservation efforts.

Click here to learn more about how citizens can conserve birds.

Private Industry

Industry can assist with bird conservation by supporting research, managing their environmental impacts and adopting practices that protect birds and their habitats. See the following examples:
- Edison Electric Institute
- Weyerhaeuser Company

Who Conserves Birds?

Waterfowl Survey Biologists
Waterfowl Survey Biologists
[Photograph: Todd Harless, US Fish and Wildlife Service]

Bird conservation is a process involving individuals and organizations with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Participants in the process range from biologists who conduct surveys, analyze data and monitor bird populations, to conservation planners who prioritize what to conserve and coordinate development of species & habitat conservation plans, to policy-makers who enact laws and regulations that help protect birds and their habitats, to wildlife and land managers who implement on-the-ground conservation actions to maintain or restore the conditions necessary for the long-term persistence of bird populations and their habitats. Examples of who conserves birds in the United States are provided in this page.

Government (United States)




  • Conservation Districts - conserve natural resources, including wildlife and their habitats, at the county level.


The following are examples of partnerships that bring together participants from diverse sectors to advance identified aspects of bird conservation and management:

Advocacy and Communication
- Bird Conservation Alliance

- Joint Ventures
- North American Waterfowl Management Plan Committee
- Partners In Flight
- U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan Council
- Waterbird Conservation for the Americas

- North American Grouse Partnership
- Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
- Pintail Action Group

- North American Bird Conservation Initiative

- Bird Education Alliance for Conservation

- Flyway Councils

Academia & Professional Societies

Snail Kite (Florida Coop Unit)
Snail Kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis) research
[Photograph: Florida Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit]

Academic institutions and professional biological societies' members provide scientific information used to inform the management and conservation process. Examples in the United States include:

- Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Units
- University Wildlife Programs

Professional Societies
- Ornithological Societies: National, State
- Society for Conservation Biology
- The Wildlife Society

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