How We See It

In the past 50 years, the total North American bird population has fallen by 2.9 billion or 29 percent. Rising temperatures also threaten two-thirds of North American bird species with extinction.

More than 46 million Americans say that they watch birds. Birding is truly for everyone. And they offer a starting place for conversations about the environment. 

We have a very small window of time preserve the habitats and species we know today and stem the effects of climate change—or lose them forever.

The good news is that saving birds has a positive impact on the environment and on human health and wellbeing. We know what it takes to save birds—and every action counts. 

Birding Is For Everyone

Birding activates our sense of community, our humanity, and our empathy. But when we experience nature, we inevitably experience the ways in which human activity changes and degrades nature.

Progress in environmental protection, however, has never protected all people equally.  Conservation leadership and access to nature has had a habit of becoming exclusive, not inclusive.

That must change.

We cannot make meaningful progress on environmental challenges such as declining biodiversity and climate change without also addressing the urgent need for greaer environmental justice and inclusion.

Birding Can Be For Progress

The goal of the Festival is to provide inspiring, welcoming, inclusive and joyful birding experiences in extraordinary New England landscapes. Along with our field guides and binoculars, we carry with us a commitment to supporting increased environmental justice, real progress on climate change, and preserving habitat and biodiversity. We’ll have more to say soon.

We think nature festivals can inspire more birding and increase people’s awareness of and love for nature—more people who will ask questions about what humans are doing to birds, to the environment, and to each other—and take action.