Free resources for foresters and landowners. Start here and take steps to improve forest habitat for birds, other wildlife, recreation, and more.
Cooper's Hawk. Photo: Charles Sperrazza/Audubon Photography Awards
Our northeast forests are green, but they need sustainable stewardship to truly benefit birds, wildlife, and the people that depend on them. Changes in land use, coupled with the suppression of many natural disturbance events, have created forests that are relatively mature and similar in age. Creating and maintaining healthy, diverse forest habitat today calls for human intervention.
Proper forest management can improve habitat conditions for birds by restoring a more diversified balance among the forest's age classes while creating other desirable habitat characteristics. Healthy, actively managed forests help people too, by providing critical public health benefits in the form of climate mitigation and watershed protection.
Forest owners actively managing land within a Priority Forest Area (see map), we want to connect with you! Click here to fill out a brief questionnaire. Our forest staff will do our best to get back to you in 2-3 weeks.
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.
This guide serves as a resource for foresters and other land managers to integrate habitat components into forest management planning.
Quick facts about healthy forest habitat and why it's essential. Click here to download and print!
Did you know? Forest habitats support more bird species than other habitat types.
Help New York birds by creating healthier woodland habitat.
Forest management is easier, safer, and better for birds in the non-breeding season.
Habitat management on private lands play an integral role in supporting at-risk species.
Without picking favorites, here are some of the birds that depend on New York's forests for feeding, nesting, and raising young.
Winter is a particularly great time to try these management activities, since it’s outside the nesting season.
Help secure the future for birds at risk from climate change, habitat loss and other threats. Your support will power our science, education, advocacy and on-the-ground conservation efforts.