Urbanization is among the biggest conservation challenges of this century, for cities increasingly dominate the landscape, with ecological effects reaching well beyond their boundaries.
Urbanization affects the distribution and abundance of wildlife throughout the world, with birds being conspicuous examples, but our understanding of the underlying processes remains highly inadequate.
This project addresses the impacts of urbanization on the distribution and abundance of birds species in Fresno, California. We are a volunteer citizen network established to conduct bird counts in the field. This website is our main web-portal, a digital gathering place for data-entry and interactive display of results, modeled after the long-running Tucson Birds project in Arizona, and the more recent Ottawa Birds in Canada.
We plan to disseminate the knowledge generated among various urban constituencies including developers, city planners, architects, conservation practitioners, and ordinary citizens. It is a modest contribution to the effort to reconcile human development with biodiversity conservation in this rapidly urbanizing region – home both to an incredible diversity of species (birds, not angry birds), being one good indicator) and some of the most productive farmland in the world.
Please view our old site (saved here) to read all about the project.