Sciences and Mathematics, College of
Biology, Department of
SURS Faculty Advisor
Dr. Darlene Panvini
Nashville, Tennessee recently became part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Bird Treaty (UBT) program. The Nashville UBT aims to protect and enhance bird-friendly habitats, reduce hazards to birds, and connect people to nature through bird-related activities. To support these aims, students in a conservation biology course researched potential hazards and ideal habitats for birds on college campuses. They developed a checklist covering various bird-friendly criteria, including landscaping, water sources, windows, lighting, use of pesticides, and presence of cats and other bird predators. Students then beta-tested the checklist on the campus at Belmont University. The goals of this project are to engage students in learning about urban bird-friendly criteria, apply that information to develop and test the checklist, and create a tool that can be used by other universities to assess their campuses for characteristics that support urban birds. The checklist and course project details will be presented.
Al-Hemoud, Fatema; Espleta, Chaze; and Panvini, Darlene, "Development Of a Checklist to Assess University Campuses for Bird-Friendliness Qualities" (2023). Science University Research Symposium (SURS). 111.