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.

Habitat Improvement Programs
Habitat Management

Habitat Improvement Programs

Improve forest habitat for birds on property you manage or own.

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Model Forests Showcase Resilient Habitat
Working Lands

Model Forests Showcase Resilient Habitat

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

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Managing Forests for Birds: a Forester's Guide
Working Lands

Managing Forests for Birds: a Forester's Guide

This guide serves as a resource for foresters and other land managers to integrate habitat components into forest management planning.

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News & Updates

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide
Working Lands

Managing Forests for Birds: A Landowner's Guide

This guide serves as a resource for forest owners to learn about how quality habitat can be created for birds through forest management.

Model Forests Showcase Resilient Habitat
Working Lands

Model Forests Showcase Resilient Habitat

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.

Meet Eight Birds That Depend on the Farm Bill
Working Lands

Meet Eight Birds That Depend on the Farm Bill

From North Carolina forests to California rice fields, the farm bill is a powerful tool for protecting and restoring avian habitat. As Congress begins rewriting the legislation, birders should pay close attention.

Diverse Coalition Applauds Executive Budget Proposal to Reform Forest Tax Law
News

Diverse Coalition Applauds Executive Budget Proposal to Reform Forest Tax Law

— ‘Empire Forests for the Future Initiative’ Will Create Jobs, Conserve Forests & Wildlife Habitat and Mitigate Climate Change