Tawas Point Birding Festival Spotlights Bird-friendly Community Initiatives
Join us on Saturday, May 20 at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort for a buffet dinner, cash bar, and this year’s featured speaker.
Essential elements of a bird-friendly community by Joanna Eckles
Birds need food, water, shelter, and safety to survive and thrive in all parts of their life cycle – during breeding season, on their wintering habitats and on migration. By creating bird-friendly communities we can support the needs of birds while making our own communities stronger, more vibrant, connected and healthy for people and all wildlife. In this program we will discuss best practices for improving habitat, reducing threats and engaging people in conservation and outdoor recreation to benefit birds and their habitats.
Joanna Eckles has watched, studied and worked with birds all her life. She is currently a conservation program manager at Audubon Minnesota where she leads the Bird-friendly Communities program and two projects central to its mission: Transforming the places people live and work into habitats where birds thrive. Project BirdSafe focuses on studying bird-window collisions and promoting solutions and Bird City Minnesota is a municipal recognition and education program. Bird City guides and recognizes communities for the positive actions they take on behalf of birds, including steps to reduce bird-window collisions and other threats, improve habitat and get citizens involved in birding and conservation.