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Backyard Habitat Programs - A Database Compiled by Bird Town Pennsylvania

Bird Town Pennsylvania has developed a list of habitat friendly certification/registration programs that are available to property owners. Some of these certifications can be used by large properties as well as a variety of residential sized gardens. This is not a finite list. If you are aware of another organization that is certifying habitat for property owners, please connect with Bird Town Pennsylvania.



Bird Town Pennsylvania "Bird Beat" - A monthly newsletter for individuals working to use native plants in their properties.

The Bird Town Pennsylvania “Bird Beat,”  is the quarterly eNewsletter of Bird Town Pennsylvania. Bird Beat is a seasonal communication (summer, fall, winter and spring) for individuals working to use native plants in their properties for the birds, pollinators, and other beneficial creatures that enhance the ecosystems in which we all live. Bird Beat also includes family-friendly games, movie and book reviews, and fascinating information about birds.

Bird Beat offers timely tips for native plant enthusiasts, along with links to resources, events, and ideas to engage families, friends, and neighbors with the wonders that native gardens, from container gardening to full blown meadows, evoke.  We invite your comments and suggestions for topics at [email protected].

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National Areas Association Refreshed YouTube Channel: Science Based Natural Areas Content, Easily Accessible

Success in land and water conservation requires timely, relevant, and effective research, strategies and methods. It was this truth that led George B. Fell to establish the NAA in the early 1970’s,and remains NAA’s mission today. NAA will celebrate 50 years in October of 2024 - in recognition of this milestone, NAA will continue to share relevant training and resources via this YouTube Channel.

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Access natural areas conservation science

  • Wherever you are located
  • Wherever you are in your career
  • Wherever you are in your practice.

Content is searchable by topic and keywords - making it even easier for you to find the science-based content, new methodologies and best practices you need.

Severe Weather Plant Pallets

In an era of weather extremes, what are the best flood or drought-tolerant plants to help build in landscape resilience?

This brief article published in Turf Magazine offers advice to land stewards.

ISO: Knowledge or Experience of Urban Road and Walking Trail Projects Using Natives Vegetation 

The newly created Erie EAC is in search of examples of urban road and trail and projects where natives landscaping plans were implemented, using vegetation both salt tolerant and low maintenance.  The EAC is also interested in forming a peer review committee to develop a biodiversity friendly landscaping plan. If you have knowledge or experience to share, please contact Freda Tepfer at or by phone at 814-520-8201.

Cumberland County Master Gardener Helping Pollinator Population

Article published July 27, 2023 by ABC News 27 WHTM

The Thoughtful Gardner, Heather Andrews became a Cumberland County master gardener during the pandemic and chose to specialize in pollinator plants.  Since then, she's been giving back to the community by educating people on the importance of planting natives and plants that will attract and feed pollinators. READ MORE.

Interior Department Takes Action to Strengthen Endangered Species Protections

Article published June 30, 2023 by US Department of the Interior

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced significant action to better facilitate species recovery by providing more flexibility for the introduction of threatened and endangered species to suitable habitats outside their historical ranges. This announcement helps to advance President Biden’s America the Beautiful initiative, which supports healthy wildlife and wildlife habitat by supporting voluntary, locally led conservation efforts across the country. READ MORE.

Investing in America Agenda Funds Over $5M for Endangered Species Recovery

Published July 20, 2023 by the US Fish and Wildlife Service

WASHINGTON - The Inflation Reduction Act is enabling the Department of the Interior to play a leading role in the transition to a clean energy economy, advancing key habitat restoration, land resilience and water projects and securing environmental justice for historically disadvantaged communities. Guided by a recently released restoration and resilience framework, the Department is implementing an overall $2 billion investment from the Investing in America agenda to restore lands and waters and advance climate resilience. READ MORE.

New Legislation Would Establish USDA Label for Pollinator Safe Plants

Published June 27, Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

PORTLAND - PORTLAND, Ore., Jun. 27, 2023 — On Friday, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley announced new legislation that would create a pollinator-friendly plant labeling program, modeled after the Organic Foods Production Act that created organic labeling. The program would require the Department of Agriculture to create a certification program for plant producers in order to certify that their plants are not treated with pesticides harmful to monarchs and other pollinators. READ MORE.