The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Why support them?: Research, education, conservation, and Citizen Science Projects- they do it all
- What impresses me: A long history of real results, they share their financial reports, wonderful online bird guide
The Pollinator Partnership
- Why support them?: Conservation, education, and research of pollinators, critical to the world food supply and ecosystem health
- What impresses me: A wealth of user friendly information for the home or community gardener available to make their gardens more pollinator friendly
The Xerces Society
- Why support them?: Representing all invertibrates (94% of all animal species on the planet) through advocacy, policy, education, and research- critical for ecosystem survival
- What impresses me: They share their financial reports, informative and user friendly web-site with ID tools, very active in government policy
I am not an official spokesperson for nor am I recieving any payment from any of these organizations, I merely wish to share my positive experiences with them. Visit their websites, see for yourself!
Another alternative group you may support would be your local native plant society. There's nothing quite like the satisfaction you can get by doing hands-on work. I don't have a native plant society active in my area but Jeff and I fill our free time by attempting to manage 4 different properties through invasive species removal and re-establishing native plant and wildlife communities. So, you don't even need an official "group" to get started, all you need is a friend or relative with land, whether it be a 1/4 acre or 20 acres, and explain to them the benefits of creating wildlife habitats while twisting their arm to let you "garden" on their property. Every little bit counts.