Bird City Lafayette
Lafayette is proud to be the first designated Bird City of Colorado!
What is a Bird City?
Becoming a designated Bird City through Environment for the Americas demonstrates a commitment to conserve native bird species and the habitats they need to survive. Through habitat conservation, environmental education, and sustainable decision-making, we are able to do our part in conserving the hundreds of species that use our open spaces, parks, and neighborhoods as temporary or full-time residences.
In 2019, Lafayette was named the first Bird City in the state of Colorado. Lafayette has proven our concern for birds through our growing bird education program, the annual World Migratory Bird Day event in September, and efforts to create and protect habitats for birds through invasive species removal, plantings, and more. The Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, located at Waneka Lake, is a nationally acclaimed location for migratory birds and nesting waterfowl, including Swainson’s Hawk, Barn Swallow, Pied-billed and Western Grebes, and more.
How do birds shape the world around us?
We can thank our feathered friends for:
- Pollinating flowers
- Dispersing seeds
- Insect population control
- Creating habitat for other wildlife
- Decomposing organic materials
- Contributing invaluable data to environmentalists
How can you help?
You can contribute to wildlife conservation from home!
- Garden with Native Plants- Planting species native to Colorado creates a mini-habitat that provides food and shelter for birds in your yard. Don't know where to start? Use this Native Plants for Birds list!
- Limit or eliminate pesticide use in your yard
- Keep your cat inside! In the U.S., outdoor cats kill 2.5 billion birds each year
- Prevent window collisions- decals, blinds, or curtains are great ways to prevent birds from hitting your windows
Join our 8th Annual World Migratory Bird Day Celebration!
Explore the wonderful world of birds in a beautiful place! See live birds of prey up close and view birds in the wild through spotting scopes and binoculars. Learn about migration, marshes, and the role avian friends play in our lives. Enjoy games, art projects, and a scavenger hunt. The walking path between the east parking lot and Greenlee Wildlife Preserve will feature local organizations with great activities and displays to entertain and educate.