Working Lands

New York’s forest birds are facing significant population declines. Your land can help.

Cerulean Warbler. Photo: Gary Robinette/Audubon Photography Awards

Forest birds are in significant decline. This tells us we have a habitat problem.

Wood Thrush, American Woodcock, and Golden-winged Warblers depend on healthy, diverse forest types to thrive, and their low numbers are ringing the alarm bell. New York is nearly 70% forested, but we’re losing quality habitat. Since our forests are also critical to improving water quality and mitigating the effects of climate change, this issue affects people too.

Wood Thrush. Photo: Juan Zamora/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Let’s work together to improve your woods for birds and other wildlife.

Are you a landowner, land manager, government agency, or in private industry? Together, we can help manage working lands in ways that support birds and the bottom line.

Healthy Forests
Healthy Forests

Healthy Forests

Learn more about why healthy New York forests are essential for birds and people.

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Forest Resource Center
Forest Resources

Forest Resource Center

Free resources for foresters and landowners. Start here and take steps to improve forest habitat for birds, other wildlife, recreation, and more.

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Public Workshops and Programs
Forest Programs

Public Workshops and Programs

Join us! Attend free workshops and other programs with Audubon and partners to learn best management practices for birds.

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News & Updates

Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project
Healthy Forests

Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project

Audubon’s demo forest sites are living laboratories for people to visit, attend workshops, and learn about best practices to create healthy forest habitats.

Forest Fact Sheet
Forest Resources

Forest Fact Sheet

Quick facts about healthy forest habitat and why it's essential. Click here to download and print!

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide
Forest Resources

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide

Download this new guide, full of information about the habitat needs of forest birds plus next steps for landowners to follow when interested in forest habitat management.

Model Forest Takes Shape in Hudson Valley
Healthy Forests

Model Forest Takes Shape in Hudson Valley

The forest habitat sites at the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary provide quality bird habitat, model sustainable forest management, and address regeneration challenges.

Audubon & Friends of the IBA Applaud New Bird-friendly Legislation Benefiting Washington County
Press Room

Audubon & Friends of the IBA Applaud New Bird-friendly Legislation Benefiting Washington County

— Public land acquisition will protect critical grassland bird habitat
Audubon Praises Commitment to Conservation in 2018 Senate Farm Bill
Advocacy

Audubon Praises Commitment to Conservation in 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Bill moves to conference committee: Audubon urges robust conservation in final bill

Domtar & AFF Announce Partnership for Forest Conservation and Bird Habitat
News

Domtar & AFF Announce Partnership for Forest Conservation and Bird Habitat

Paper and pulp manufacturer and forest conservation non-profit to assist private woodland owners in forest stewardship for at-risk bird species

Project to Assess Impact of Deer on Forest Bird Habitat
Working Lands

Project to Assess Impact of Deer on Forest Bird Habitat

High deer densities may be negatively affecting forest regeneration, health, and habitat.

Old-Growth Is Great, But Here’s Why We Need New-Growth Forests, Too
Working Lands

Old-Growth Is Great, But Here’s Why We Need New-Growth Forests, Too

Learn why forest complexity is needed to create better habitat for bird species.

Letter: Funding forest land in NY adds future benefits to all
Working Lands

Letter: Funding forest land in NY adds future benefits to all

Empire Forests for the Future Initiative will improve the health, diversity, & resiliency of NY's forests.