Bird City Texas

Creating and preserving bird-friendly public spaces.

Eastern Bluebirds Photo: Danny Brown / Audubon Photography Awards

Join Us for our Bird City Texas Gathering, October 25 - 26th in Bastrop, TX

Interested in joining our Bird City Texas Gathering? Our in-person session is full, but people can join virtually by registering at our Zoom link here.

You will be joined with interested communities and certified communities from across the state to hear and share updates on the Bird City Texas application process, website, timeline, and learn from our certified cities as well as conservation specialist on criteria selection. Plus, explore a certified city. Big or small, communities have an opportunity to be a place where birds thrive, and people prosper. We look forward to building a state for birds and people, with you.

Bird City Texas Taking a Pause from Accepting New Applications in 2023

Bird City Texas is in its fourth year, and we are proud of the many certified communities and many more working towards their certification to be places where birds thrive, and people prosper. 

We will be taking a pause from accepting new applications in 2023 to solicit feedback from current participants, assess needs, and develop new resources to support certified cities. Please keep an eye out for a workshop later this year where we will roll out more information on our application portal and new resources. 

 We look forward to continuing to engage with and support cities already certified through the Bird City Texas program. Thank you for all you do to educate the community and protect the places our feathered friends need.

 Applications will open again in 2024. 

For questions or concerns, please contact Chloe Crumley at and Judit Green at


In 2018, Audubon Texas partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife to launch Bird City Texas! This community-focused certification program has been created to help people protect birds and their habitats where we live, work, and recreate. Science-based bird conservation initiatives and community-centric action are the heart of this statewide initiative. 

Research shows that bird-friendly habitat increases property values,helps control insects, and generates tourism dollars. Where birds thrive, people prosper. From urban centers to rural towns, each community can provide important habitat for birds, and certified communities will receive recognition and community benefits of these efforts.

Science-based bird conservation initiatives and community-centric action will: 

  • Enhance and restore habitats 
  • Increase native plant coverage in Texas for the benefit of birds and people 
  • Reduce population-level threats 
  • Increase public awareness of the benefits and challenges of bird conservation 
  • Promote environmental stewardship in Texas cities 

We now have 10 cities that have worked diligently to achieve Bird City Texas status. We encourage you to discover more about these bird cities below.

"Our community works very hard to create safe places for birds, to educate our residents and visitors on ways to help birds, and to provide trails and amenities for bird and wildlife viewing." Rae Mooney, Nature Preserve Manager City of Port Aransas 

If you are interested in learning more about the criteria and application, please visit our partner's website. 

View the press release announcing the new 2023 Bird City Texas Community here

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