As you enjoy the great outdoors this Labor Day holiday, it is also a good time to reflect on all those who dedicate their careers to protecting birds.  Whether in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central and South America, or the Caribbean, these biologists and educators work collaboratively to ensure that birds have healthy habitats available throughout their life cycle.  These committed conservationists may be with federal or state agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities, industry, or just private individuals, and, especially on the wintering grounds, often work with limited resources.  A few (there are many!) nonprofit partners include Bird Studies Canada, American Bird Conservancy, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Point Blue Conservation Science, ProNatura México, Fundación Cocibolca (Nicaragua), Panama Audubon Society, Fundación ProAves (Colombia), and BirdsCaribbean.  Hundreds of entities are also involved in a larger Western Hemisphere network called Partners in Flight (PIF), which is dedicated to keeping common birds common and helping species at risk through voluntary partnerships.  Spend some time learning about the PIF network and projects at


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