Bird Friendly Habitat

Our Bird Friendly Habitat certification sign

As the land is increasingly developed in our area, we are destroying much of the native habitat on which birds and other wildlife depend. Typical developments include large areas of lawn and non-native plants. Some of these non-native plants escape cultivation and take over the few remaining natural areas, which in turn threatens those habitats for wildlife.

The New Hope Audubon Society is trying to restore native habitat and reduce the pressure from invasive plants through education and direct intervention. We are educating people about the benefits of using native plants, how to identify and remove invasive plants, and other steps they can take to make their property more bird-friendly. Our goal is to create Bird Friendly Communities, a goal we share with North Carolina Audubon.

Special update, July 2021: New Hope Audubon has been awarded a Sustainable Communities grant from the Triangle Community Foundation in the amount of $15,000. Grant funds will be used to create and pilot a “Leave the Leaves” public education program enhancing environmental conservation efforts in our local communities. Click here for details.

Bird Friendly Habitat Certification

To encourage and guide people in the process of creating bird friendly habitat on their property, New Hope Audubon is offering a Bird Friendly Habitat Certification Program. For details about the program and how to qualify, follow the link to the brochure below:

Bird Friendly Habitat Certification Brochure

Our in-progress sign

The information in our brochure and at this website can be used to improve the habitat for birds in a yard, at a business, or in any public or private outdoor space with or without certification. It doesn’t all have to be done at once; instead, just take one step at a time. For instance, get started by adding a native plant or removing an invasive plant.

For one person’s experience with finally achieving our platinum certification, check out Wendy Diaz’s blog article for the Durham Master Gardener’s group. Please keep in mind though that it is a lot easier to achieve the silver level and even if you don’t qualify at that level, you could earn an in-progress sign if you are making significant progress toward a silver certification. Even if you’re just starting out, we can help you identify invasive plants that need to be removed and advise you on native plants to add. We will come back for no additional charge after the initial yard visit when you make progress toward certification or toward a higher level.

If you are interested in becoming certified, please fill out the following form online and submit. There is a fee of $50 for the first visit, but subsequent visits are free as you work toward initial certification or higher levels of certification.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We only can do certification visits in the following counties of North Carolina since they define the New Hope Audubon area: DURHAM, ORANGE, northern CHATHAM, eastern ALAMANCE and a few adjacent parts of counties to the north. If you have questions about whether your area is covered, please send an email to and include your zip code.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at

For more information on any of the key elements of creating a bird friendly habitat, follow the links below by clicking on a photograph.

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