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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.

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

Are you a forest owner actively managing your land within a priority forest area? Click here to fill out our Landowners Assistance Form! Our forest staff will do our best to get back to you in 2-3 weeks. 

Watch and learn!

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
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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
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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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Bird-Friendly Maple
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Bird-Friendly Maple

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

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News & Updates

Forest Birds That Nest in the Off-Season
Healthy Forests

Forest Birds That Nest in the Off-Season

Meet several species that prefer to breed outside of spring and early summer.

Why You Should Plan Your Harvest for Winter
Healthy Forests

Why You Should Plan Your Harvest for Winter

Forest management is easier, safer, and better for birds in the non-breeding season.

How Wild Turkeys Made a 49 State Comeback
Healthy Forests

How Wild Turkeys Made a 49 State Comeback

Once, the Wild Turkey vanished from New York. Then it became a conservation success story.

How one of New York's largest landowners manages forests for birds
News

How one of New York's largest landowners manages forests for birds

Birds that nest in young forest, like the Ruffed Grouse and White-throated Sparrow, now have a home at the Kunjamuk Young Forest Demonstration Project.

For This Finger Lakes Maple Syrup Producer, Long-term Forest Health is the Goal
Healthy Forests

For This Upstate Maple Syrup Producer, Long-term Forest Health is the Goal

Sean Carter and his partner Maria Paone operate the 103-acre “Sapwood Farm,” a participant in the Bird-friendly Maple program. They work with a forester who is an ecologist and bird expert.

For the love of grouse! Building quality habitat for a declining species.
Working Lands

For the love of grouse! Building quality habitat for a declining species.

Forest landowners discover a nest and chicks after following bird habitat tips.

Audubon Forester Training and Endorsement Program
Forest Resources

Audubon Forester Training and Endorsement Program

Creating a national network of professional foresters working in partnership with Audubon to promote healthy forest ecosystems that provide high-quality habitat for priority bird species, at scale.

Audubon’s Delaware River Watershed Program Takes Flight with Key Conservation Funding
Working Lands

Audubon’s Delaware River Watershed Program Takes Flight with Key Conservation Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program supports bird conservation in three critical regions of the watershed.

Grassland Birds Prioritized in New Renewable Energy Proposal
News

Grassland Birds Prioritized in New Renewable Energy Proposal

Read a statement from Audubon New York's Executive Director on draft rules for permitting new wind and solar projects.