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a free, interactive,
citizen science mapping project
about habitat creation
and low-impact land use

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What's a yardmap?


YardMap is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

The YardMap is funded by the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education Program

Photo Credits: Winter Wren © Glenn Bartley, Eastern Bluebird © Yvonne, American Robin © Keith Williams, Cedar Waxwings © Ken Schneider

Be on the map

Help us create bird habitat one yard at a time

  • maps drawn and counting

  • 75%

    of threatened and endangered species occur on private lands.

  • 1.2 Million Acres

    of non-native lawns cover the U.S. That's 8 times the size of
    New Jersey.

  • 21 Million Acres

    At our current growth rate we lose 21 million acres every 10 years to residential landscape— the size of West Virginia and Maryland combined.

  • 7.5 x

    as much insect food for birds is provided by native plants.

  • 200,000+

    people participate in citizen science every year.