American Bird Conservancy

Bringing Back the Birds

aka ABC   |   The Plains, VA   |  www.abcbirds.org

Mission

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is a 501(c)(3), not-for profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

Notes from the nonprofit

American Bird Conservancy strives to focus on being a results-oriented group that is transparent about our policies and operations. We continue to work to be the best we can be at what we do, and sincerely appreciate all your support.

Ruling year info

1987

President

Mr. Michael J. Parr

Main address

P.O. Box 249 4249 Loudoun Ave

The Plains, VA 20198 USA

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EIN

52-1501259

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

ABC's programs include: The Bird Conservation Alliance, a consortium of 185 groups working together to champion the full range of issues facing birds today; Pesticides and Birds Program, which works to ban or restrict those pesticides that pose unreasonable risk to birds and the environment; Birds and Collisions Program, which is finding solutions to the threats to birds posed by collisions with glass and buildings, communications towers and wind turbines; Cats Indoors!, which educates the public and policy-makers about the threats posed to wildlife by free-roaming cats; Habitat Conservation Program, which improves the way public and private lands are managed for declining bird species; and Communications and Outreach which produces the ABC magazine, Bird Conservation; Bird Calls newsletter; BirdWire, ABC's email alert system that issues calls to action to a network of 25,000 subscribers; and the Bird News Network that provides an 'RSS' news feed that delivers the latest bird conservation news direct to subscriber's computers. In addition, ABC's International Program builds networks of international partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to protect rare and threatened bird species and their habitats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Four Star rating (the highest rating) 2009

Charity Navigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a cumulative total for all years

Number of acres of land protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is a cumulative metric for all years

Number of acres managed for bird conservation.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total area with improved management conducted by Joint Venture partners where ABC staff play a significant role in planning and/or conservation delivery from 2007 to 2017 was over 6.4 million acres.

Number of Endangered Bird Species Protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of IUCN Red Listed EN or CR species with habitat protected with ABC support.

Total number of bird species with protected habitat.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of species found in ABC supported reserves (66% of all bird species in the Americas).

Number of bird extinctions prevented.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ABC Bird Conservation Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Of the 7 bird extinctions considered to have been averted since 1994 in the Americas, ABC has helped to prevent 4: Junin Grebe, Grenada Dove, Pale -headed Brushfinch, and Lear's Macaw.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Halting extinctions, conserving habitats, addressing major threats to birds, building capacity and partnerships to achieve bird conservation.

ENDANGERED BIRDS

ABC works to prevent the extinction of the most endangered birds by helping partner groups to establish and sustain protected reserves for the rarest species in Latin America; supporting the restoration of habitat for endemic Hawaiian forest birds; and protecting key seabird colonies from invasive species and other threats. ABC also monitors implementation of the U.S. Endangered Species Act to ensure all listed birds, and those that need to be listed, are properly conserved.

BIRDS OF CONSERVATION CONCERN

ABC works to prevent birds of conservation concern from becoming endangered by engaging landowners and partner groups to help improve the management of millions of acres of land in the U.S. and internationally. ABC identifies areas (BirdScapes) where conservation opportunities overlap with key habitat for birds, and develops and implements management practices coupled with incentives to ensure that bird habitat is well protected, managed, or conserved.

THREATS TO ALL BIRDS

ABC works to prevent or mitigate threats to all birds by working with policymakers, partner groups, and the private sector to develop and implement solutions to large-scale causes of bird mortality, along with precedent-setting or critical regional bird problems. This work involves lobbying, grassroots outreach, the development of new technologies, and occasional legal action to resolve particularly intractable problems.

BUILDING CONSERVATION CAPACITY

ABC helps partners build conservation capacity to tackle the critical issues faced by birds across the Western Hemisphere, from financial and technical support to knowledge sharing across a broad front of management and conservation programs. (To be addressed in future version of the Scorecard.)

Simple yet successful, our Bird Conservation Strategic Framework — summed up in the ABC pyramid (See www.abcbirds.org) — shows how we approach bird conservation. We innovate, build on sound science, and work in partnership to achieve four goals: halting extinctions, protecting habitats, eliminating threats, and building capacity for bird conservation. ABC has 77 staff in two main offices in Washington, DC, and The Plains, VA, and staff based around the U.S. from Hawaii to Texas, and Florida to Wisconsin. Our annual budget is approximately $15M.

ENDANGERED BIRDS

Of the seven bird species extinctions considered to have been averted since 1994 in the Americas, ABC has provided significant support to efforts to prevent four: the Junin Grebe, Lear’s Macaw, Grenada Dove, and Pale-headed Brushfinch. Of the 214 EN and CR primarily threatened by habitat loss, ABC-supported projects (such as bird reserves) currently provide at least some protected habitat for 82 species. ABC has contributed significantly to the conservation of 11 species that are estimated to have at least 500 individuals within protected areas (Speckle-chested Piculet, Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager, Baudo Guan, Boa Nova Tapaculo, Santa Marta Bush-Tyrant, Santa Marta Parakeet, Santa Marta Sabrewing, Royal Sunangel, La Selle Thrush, Lulu’s Tody-Flycatcher, and Black-fronted Piping-Guan). A further three ABC focal species have 100% of their range protected, but still number fewer than 500 individuals (Pale-headed Brushfinch, Araripe Manakin, Stresemann’s Bristlefront). ABC currently works on 23 of the species threatened primarily by invasive species or other factors – mostly seabirds and Hawaiian birds. Of the 21 ESA-listed bird species that ABC has worked on most directly, eight were considered to be increasing in the 2016 ABC report (Short-tailed Albatross, California Condor, Interior Least Tern, Piping Plover, San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike, Southwest Willow Flycatcher, Kirtland’s Warbler, and San Clemente Bell’s Sparrow), three were considered stable, and eight declining. Two recently listed species were not assessed by the report.

BIRDS OF CONSERVATION CONCERN

ABC works to conserve bird species and subspecies of conservation concern as defined by the U.S. WatchList, and to aims to maximize the abundance and diversity of bird species – by conserving habitat that benefits multiple bird species. To accomplish this, ABC has initially identified 52 priority BirdScapes through which we are delivering, or plan to deliver, large landscape-scale habitat conservation projects to stabilize and restore migratory and other bird populations (ABC is currently active in 21 of these BirdScapes). These include breeding, stopover, and nonbreeding areas. In the U.S., ABC works extensively, though not exclusively, through and with Migratory Bird Joint Ventures (JVs) and their partners to conserve bird habitats. The total area with improved management conducted by JV partners in JVs where ABC staff play a significant role in planning and/or conservation delivery from 2007 to 2017 was over 6.4 million acres in the U.S.

THREATS TO ALL BIRDS

ABC prioritizes its threat reduction work based on scale and urgency of threat, perceived opportunity for progress, whether others are already tackling the issue, whether we can provide special expertise or assistance, and whether sufficient resources are available. Greater detail can be found at https://abcbirds.org/threats/.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Ultimately we serve the general public since birds are a common public resource available to be enjoyed by everyone. Most directly we serve those who have a direct interest in watching and enjoying birds either at wildlife refuges, parks, or in their backyards.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have begun to discuss the relevance of all our work more directly to habitat conservation. We have also added staff to help engage more diverse audiences in our organization and in birds and bird conservation more generally.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, other,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    This is a work in progress. We are actually just beginning (August 2021) a new long range planning project which started with a market research project aimed at soliciting views from staff, board, and supporters. We will next reach out to potential supporters from within the bird community and arrange a series of focus groups to test ideas. We will determine the best way to provide this feedback back to participants as we advance. It will be interesting to see how this changes ABC's relationship with our constituents but we hope it will bring us all closer. Some of the questions below can't be answered positively yet as we have not completed the process but we intend to be very engaging and transparent with constituents and survey participants so everyone can see how we are responding

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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American Bird Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 8/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Larry Selzer

The Conservation Fund

Term: 2017 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Richard Eales

Martha Boudreau

AARP

Jonathan Franzen

Freelance Writer

Walter Matia

Curlew Castings

Lawrence Selzer

The Conservation Fund

V Richard Eales

No Affliation

Carolyn Hendricks

No Affiliation

Michael Parr

President

Patricia Bauman

Bauman Foundation

David Davidson

Cinnamon Dornsife

Sharon Forsyth

Kathryn Hale

Kimberly Kaufman

ED, Black Swamp Bird Obs

Josh Lerner

Jeffrey Peters

Shoaib Tareen

Andrew Velthaus

Robert Weeden

Charlotte Wright

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/18/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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