Audubon Pennsylvania wants Pennsylvanians to discover the wild side of their backyards. Suburban sprawl and conventional land use choices pose the greatest of all threats to Pennsylvania bird populations – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Audubon Pennsylvania and their many partners throughout the state will use a TogetherGreen Innovation Grant to help homeowners and renters create backyards that are havens for birds, wildlife and people.
The project is multi-faceted and will help make Audubon Pennsylvania’s Audubon At Home activities more robust, while establishing a stronger local presence throughout the state. The Audubon At Home in Pennsylvania project will train 25 new Audubon Advisors, who in turn will train volunteers around the state to help people manage their yards as habitat. Three demonstration projects will highlight the benefits of sustainable landscaping. And more than 500 properties throughout Pennsylvania will be enrolled in Audubon’s online Bird Habitat Recognition program.
By broadening its on-the-ground presence, Audubon Pennsylvania hopes to directly involve thousands of community members in conservation action, and ultimately provide a successful model that can be replicated by the other 26 state offices in the National Audubon Society network.