Beyond Your Yard: Working with your HOA, School, and Local Park
Be an advocate for a bird-friendly HOA, School, or local park.
- Familiarize yourself with the basics of a bird-friendly community.
- Listen/observe to understand where your target group is on the spectrum of Awareness-Appreciation-Action. For example, is your group happy with its current programs and unaware of the need for habitat and support of birds? Does your group value birds and wildlife, but need a path to implement improvements? Does your group already support birds and wildlife actively, but have specific challenges or want to do even more?
- Prepare helpful resources for your target group. Here is a Printable handout, Recommendations for HOA, School, Park , to get conversations started.
- Identify other individuals that want to help. Build a coalition and let people do the specific tasks they enjoy and are good at!
- Once you understand your target audience and have a few friendly folks to rely on, identify the best way to make your approach. An individual meeting with a member of the HOA? An HOA meeting? A PTO meeting? A phone call with the President of the park friends group?
- Remember this important tip: After years of conservation work, we know that a positive, friendly approach yields the best results. View your group as a partnership to help make Houston a better city. Be reasonable, respectful, and helpful in your recommendations.
- If needed, reach out to Houston Audubon for more support. Due to the number of consultation requests we receive, we prefer working with groups who have identified a specific project and have gathered initial support. It truly takes the entire community to make a bird-friendly city! Contact Sarah Flournoy at firstname.lastname@example.org , 713-932-1639, for overall support and Anna Vallery at email@example.com, 713-932-1639, for specific questions about native plants and the Houston Audubon Natives Nursery .