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Nashville is
An Urban Bird City

We aim to create a Nashville that is safe and inviting for birds, while fostering inclusivity among all communities through engagement and educational initiatives.
As part of the Urban Bird Treaty Program (UBT), partners in Nashville strive to alleviate bird population decline and create connected conservation opportunities for people living in urban areas. To achieve our mission and make Music City a place where both birds and humans can thrive, the Nashville UBT team has committed to three primary goals allowing residents and visitors alike to engage in bird-related recreation, conservation, education, community-science, and monitoring.

This mission will be achieved through the three goals of the UBT program:

GOAL 1: PROTECT, RESTORE, AND ENHANCE URBAN HABITATS FOR BIRDS
The widespread loss and degradation of habitat is the biggest driver of bird population declines. Human development of the natural landscape has resulted in the destruction and degradation of habitat for many species of birds and the trends in urban sprawl continue.
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GOAL 2: REDUCE URBAN HAZARDS TO BIRDS
Human development and activity in urban areas pose many threats to birds. As a result, cities will never be totally safe environments for birds and other wildlife. These threats include direct bird mortality from free-roaming cats, building glass and lights, communication towers, hazardous trash, invasive plants and animals, and pesticides.
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GOAL 3: EDUCATE AND ENGAGE URBAN COMMUNITIES IN CARING ABOUT AND CONSERVING BIRDS AND THEIR HABITATS.
Promoting public enjoyment, awareness, knowledge, and concern are crucial to achieving urban bird conservation in the short-term and for long-term sustainability.
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Purple Martin Patrol!

Earliest accounts of Purple Martins in Nashville date back to 1996 and these birds have been known to return every year since as part of their migration to South America for the winter. However, it wasn’t until 2020 when 100,000+ of these birds flocked to downtown Nashville and made headlines that folks started paying a bit more attention to them. 

Originating from the annual migration of the Purple Martins in downtown Nashville, this initiative stands as a testament to collaborative action in creating healthier environments for birds and humans alike. Anchored in bird habitat conservation, hazard reduction, and inclusive community science engagement, Music City’s endeavors aim to foster a deeper connection with avian life while encouraging active participation in their preservation efforts. Join us as we delve into the history, goals, and resources of the UBT program, charting a path toward sustainable coexistence with our feathered companions.

Nashville's Bird Agenda

Nashville’s proposal to become an Urban Bird City reflects our commitment to create a thriving habitat for birds. Nashville’s Bird Agenda enhances existing programs to achieve shared goals to create a bird-friendly and inclusive city.

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