Vision For Our Shared Future

Birds are telling us that the health of our nation is at stake. But the way forward is clear. When we help birds thrive, we sustain the essential lands and waters needed for abundant wildlife, resources, and well-being.

a white duck with a colorful head flaps its wings in calm water
Waterfowl have increased dramatically in the past 30 years with decades of investment by hunters, federal funding,
and private-public partnerships to protect wetlands. Bufflehead by Brad Imhoff/Macaulay Library.

Here’s what we need to do to benefit both birds and people:

Scale up conservation

Four decades of wetlands conservation have generated spectacular comebacks of ducks and geese—and improved water quality for people. Applying this winning formula in more habitats will help our nation’s birds and natural resources rebound.

Restore habitats, improve quality of life

  • Climate Resilience: Investing in bird habitats can sequester carbon, improve water security, and protect people from climate disasters
  • Environmental Justice: Bird conservation is a multiplier that benefits the health of our communities and addresses environmental inequities
  • Biodiversity: Helping birds improves the outlook for wildlife throughout restored habitats—supporting recreation, economic opportunities, and well-being for people

Support proactive, voluntary conservation

Proactive bird conservation before a species requires Endangered Species Act protection is the fastest, most effective way to bring birds back. And it benefits everyone: birds, landowners, businesses, and communities in every state.