How to Apply

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  • August 12, 2019: Application period opens
  • September 20, 2019: Public webinar on how to fill out application (hosted by Audubon Texas)
  • November 29, 2019: Applications are due (non-refundable $75 application fee also due at this time)
  • January 31, 2020: Applicants notified of certification status
  • March 1, 2020: Certification fee of $500 due from accepted communities
  • Spring 2020: Certified communities host local Bird City Texas launch event
  • May 2020: Application period re-opens for all communities
  • December 1, 2020: Annual report due for inaugural certified communities
  • December 1, 2021: Annual report due
  • Fall 2022: Certified communities from the program's first year qualify for renewal (Bird City Texas is a 3-year certification program)

Application Process

Application for Bird City Certification is an online application that must be submitted by November 29, 2019. The Program Goal and Structure document describes the philosophy of the Bird City Texas program and the Detailed Criteria List is the full set of actions/activities that a community can use to become certified.

Applicants will submit the fillable application which includes spaces for supplemental information about each criterion selected. Communities may get credit for activities that occurred in the 18-month period ending in December 31, 2019 for their application and must also include a commitment to meet all requirements in calendar years 2020-2022.

Important note: Applications must be submitted online through the application portal by 11:59pm November 29, 2019.

Step 1: Complete fillable application, including the following elements:

  • Application point of contact
  • Community data
  • Letter from a municipal executive supporting application
  • List members of a collaborative body that guides a community’s application and implementation
  • Application activity: description of completed actions and future commitments

Step 2: Attach supplemental material as needed within each application activity selected within the online application.

Step 3: Communities are able to edit and add to their applications for as long as they need to before the application deadline, but all applications must be officially submitted by November 29, 2019 for consideration in this project year.

Application Support:

  • Application How-To Webinar from Audubon Texas: Held on September 20, 2019 at 12pm, CST, this webinar will briefly touch upon the goals and rigor of the program, walk participants through the portal, and end with a Q&A session. All those who are interested in joining can do so either with computer video and audio by following the link below, or they can use the link below to follow the video but call in using phone number below. If you join later in the session, please write down your questions/concerns and they will be addressed during the Q&A portion.

    https://audubon.zoom.us/j/901441741
    Call-in Number: 1-669-900-6833
    Meeting ID: 901 441 741# (then it will ask for a participant number, but attendees will not need to use a participant number; it will connect after a brief pause)

  • Program Goal and Structure
  • Detailed Application Criteria
  • Detailed Application Instructions

Application Documents:

Please e-mail Bird City Texas staff with any questions, issues, or requests.

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