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Bring Conservation Home

Habitat loss is the number one cause for the population decline of native birds and other wildlife. In the St. Louis Region, urban sprawl is the greatest contributor to this habitat loss. In cooperation with other regional organizations and agencies, the St. Louis Audubon Society (SLAS) has been actively engaged in the preservation of existing natural habitats by helping to identify, establish, and manage critical habitats for native populations of birds through a program called Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Key IBA efforts in the St. Louis region have included the Great Rivers Confluence, Cuivre River State Park, the Urban Oases of Forest Park and Tower Grove Park, and the Lower Meramec. Partners in these projects have been diverse and ranged from the US Army Corps of Engineers to the City of St. Louis and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

 

 

In recent years, St. Louis Audubon has become more involved with the active restoration of habitats at selected IBAs within the metropolitan area through volunteer projects like native tree planting and honeysuckle removal at Forest Park and Creve Coeur Park. Such efforts on public lands are important, but are not sufficient to stem the decline of native plants and animals in our communities. The greatest potential for habitat restoration in our cities and suburbs is on private lands—individual homeowners and businesses in the St. Louis Region. However, these spaces are often ignored and assumed to have little or no value as bird and wildlife habitat. Yet, if managed prudently, private lands collectively offer tremendous potential for urban wildlife habitat. The St. Louis Audubon Bring Conservation Home Program has been created to address this opportunity.

 

Additional information can be found at the links below:

 

When you are ready to join us in building urban wildlife habitat,  complete the survey request form and the Program Coordinator will contact you for appointment scheduling.
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Program Details

The St. Louis Audubon Society envisions an ever-growing mosaic of native plant and animal landscapes across the St. Louis region, including even the smallest urban yard. Our Bring Conservation Home Program provides on-site assistance to small, private landowners* in the greater St. Louis area for the restoration of native plant and animal habitat on their …

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Certification Criteria

Certification Levels   (print version) Certification at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum Level is awarded upon meeting the criteria below Silver Use native plants to landscape at least 5% of available property. Include at least 2 of the 4 canopy levels. Eradicate Bush Honeysuckle from at least 50% of the property and 100% of the Silver …

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Healthy Yard Pledge

Commit to create and maintain a healthy environment for you, your family, and local wildlife by taking the Audubon at Home Healthy Yard Pledge. Its principles are the foundation of the St. Louis Audubon Bring Conservation Home program.   Share this…

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Habitat Survey Request

      When you are ready to join us in building urban wildlife habitat,  complete the survey request form and the Program Coordinator will contact you for appointment scheduling. Share this…

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