Healthy Forests

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

Forest with high structural diversity. Photo: Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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New York’s forests offer some of the largest and most intact forested landscapes in the Atlantic Flyway.

Stretching from the Pine Barrens of Long Island, through the Hudson Highlands and Catskills, across the Allegheny Plateau, all the way north to the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondacks, New York’s forests are home to more than three dozen bird species of conservation concern.

Although forests in the U.S. have largely rebounded since the height of agricultural land clearing in the early 20th Century, many remain fragmented or provide habitat of poor quality due to incompatible management, invasive species, and overabundant deer, while others continue to be lost to development and stressed by a changing climate.

Healthy forests are resilient to stressors such as climate change and invasive species, and they provide critical ecosystem services that benefit people, including flood control, water quality protection, and carbon sequestration, as well as forest products and recreational opportunities.

Audubon New York is collaborating with other state programs within the Atlantic Flyway to address these threats and to protect and improve forest bird breeding habitat in North America via public programs and private partnerships.

If you are a landowner or manager interested in improving habitat for birds and other wildlife, check out the Healthy Forest Resources. Land owners in or near Priority Forest Areas can fill out our Landowner Assistance Form, and we'll do our best to be in touch in 2-3 weeks.

Where We Work

Adirondack Forest Tract
Healthy Forests

Adirondack Forest Tract

A globally significant Important Bird Area, the Adirondack region is home to the largest relatively intact tract of forest habitat in New York State.

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Hudson River Valley Conservation
Healthy Forests

Hudson River Valley Conservation

Guidance for Management of Priority Birds in the Hudson River Valley

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News & Updates

Five Forest-dependent Birds that Return in Early Spring
Conservation

Five Forest-dependent Birds that Return in Early Spring

Learn about each species and what you can do to improve forest habitat.

New York's First Maple Producers Receive Bird-Friendly Recognition
Press Room

New York's First Maple Producers Receive Bird-Friendly Recognition

Syrup from Bird-Friendly Maple producers is good for birds, and your breakfast table!

International Day of Forests, For the Birds!
Healthy Forests

International Day of Forests, For the Birds!

2022's theme is "Forests and sustainable production and consumption."

Audubon Staff Win New York Forestry Award
News

Audubon Staff Win New York Forestry Award

Newly-launched forester endorsement program is recognized for teaching bird-friendly management practices.

Salem, NY Maple Producer Makes Syrup and Bird Habitat
Working Lands

Salem, NY Maple Producer Makes Syrup and Bird Habitat

Mapleland Farms is one of the first Bird-Friendly Maple producers in the state.

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.