Bird Friendly Property Checklist

We invite you to use the checklist below to see how well your property supports birds, other wildlife and healthy habitat.  And to learn new ideas for doing this.

Here is quick intro about why native plants are important
Mown lawns and non-native invasive plants create a food desert. Native plants and native insects and birds need each other, like Monarch butterflies and Milkweed plants. Insects provide native plants with pollination and seed dispersal, and native plants provide food and cover for the same insects. Native plants also offer shelter, food and nesting sites for our native birds. Non-native plants do not provide this same level of support to insects and birds. Native plants are the foundation of a bird friendly property because of these important relationships. Plant native!

After you complete the assessment below, we invite you to order a Certified Bird Friendly property sign to celebrate your efforts and help spread the word.

If you have any follow-up questions, please contact us.

Bird Friendly Property Assessment

(1) Does your property have a minimum of 25% native plant species? (10 points)(Required)
If yes? Check below and then list below your five favorite native plants found on your property.
(2) Does your property provide four of the following food sources? (4 points)(Required)
Check off the available food sources below.
(3) Does your property provide any of the following water sources? (2 point)(Required)
Check off the available water sources below.
(4) Does your property have at least two of the following sheltering / nesting areas for birds? (4 points)(Required)
Check off the available shalter/nesting locations below
Will you pledge to refrain from using insecticides and herbicides whenever possible? If you do use chemicals, do you pledge to read the label to know how, when and the least amount possible to use?
If yes, 5 points. If no, -3 points. TIPS TO AVOID PESTICIDES: If you have a serious pest problem, consider getting rid of the plant, hand picking the pest or using the least toxic product available. Remember, even organic pesticides can be highly toxic to bees if the plant is in flower.

How did you do? Show off your work!

If you scored 20 or above your property is certified Bird Friendly. Congratulations! We encourage you to register your "Certified Bird Friendly Property" with the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society -- by clicking Send Results button below. To celebrate your work and help spread the word about healthier habitats, consider our beautiful lawn signs like the ones shown on this web page. (Signs are $30 each including shipping and we'll offer you an ordering link in your confirmation email when you click Send Results below.)

Next Steps

If your score is lower than you expected AND/OR if you want more ideas for a healthier, bird-friendly properties, click the Send Results button below and we will send you a list of resources to learn more!
Contact Name
Add your contact name, if you wish. If affiliated with an organization/company, add that info in the comments field below, if you wish.
Share your email address with us if you want us to email you the results of these questions. (We will not share your email address elsewhere.)
Are you a member of Southern Adirondack Audubon Society?
You do not need to be a member to benefit from these questions OR to register your property as bird-friendly. We'll include a membership link in your confirmation email if you want to support the work we do.