March 24 and 25 at 10:30 and 1:30 pm
Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young. Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces.
John Rowden is the National Audubon Society’s director of community conservation. In that role he connects Audubon’s network of chapters and centers to Audubon’s conservation priorities, including promoting native plants. John has also worked for Wildlife Conservation Society and the New Zealand Kiwi Foundation and has a Ph.D. in zoology from Duke University.