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
Working Lands

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
Working Lands

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

Top Invasive Plants Forest Owners Should ID, and Remove
Healthy Forests

Top Invasive Plants Forest Owners Should ID, and Remove

Help New York birds by creating healthier woodland habitat.

Bird-friendly Maple
Working Lands

Bird-friendly Maple

A collaborative conservation project that aims to sweeten sugarbush habitat for songbirds.

WATCH: An Inside Look at Healthy Forests
Forest Resources

WATCH: An Inside Look at Healthy Forests

On this webinar recording we take a close look at some of the threats our forests and forest birds face, and what we can do to help.

Free Landowner's Guide to Improving Forest Health
Forest Resources

Free Landowner's Guide to Improving Forest Health

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

Audubon New York Offers Free Forester's Guide
Forest Resources

Audubon New York Offers Free Forester's Guide

The application of sustainable forest management can greatly improve forest bird habitat.

These Beloved Warblers Migrate North Almost a Week Earlier Than 50 Years Ago
Climate

These Beloved Warblers Migrate North Almost a Week Earlier Than 50 Years Ago

Black-throated Blue Warblers now start spring migration 5.5 days sooner than they did in the 1960s, a new study finds. Is climate change to blame?

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.