Eastern Meadowlark by Ray Hennessy via Birdshare.

The State of the Birds 2017:
Farm Bill Special Report

The Farm Bill provides a crucial safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers… and America’s birds

For birds, the Farm Bill secures important habitat for more than 100 bird species and is America’s largest source of funding for habitat conservation on private lands.

For landowners, Farm Bill conservation programs are part of the safety net for farmers, ranchers, and forest owners. It provides financial support for vital ecological services, such as clean water, and keeps working lands working.

“[The Farm Bill] helped us build a chemical and fertilizer containment facility. This is a good example of how… Farm Bill dollars lead to improved water quality for everyone.”—Farmer David Williams at a Farm Bill hearing in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

See the news release and download high-resolution images.

Past State of the Birds Reports

The State of North America’s Birds 2016

2014 State of the Birds Report

2013 State of the Birds Report: Private Lands

2012 The State of Canada’s Birds

2011 State of the Birds Report: Public Lands & Waters

2010 State of the Birds Report: Climate Change

2009 State of the Birds Report