Project Overview

American Bird Conservancy (ABC) received $70,000 over a two year period, beginning in 2011 from the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant program to improve bird conservation in ponderosa pine forests in the US Northwest. ABC’s work contributed towards reversing declines in Lewis’s Woodpecker, the White-headed Woodpecker, the Flammulated Owl, and Williamson’s Sapsucker, all of which are US Fish and Wildlife Service species of concern. The project created on-the-ground habitats, through stand thinning treatments, snag creation, and deployment of nesting boxes, for ten private landowners across 12,000 acres of forest land. ABC used these sites to host field visits and workshops which taught easily implementable bird conservation best management practices to dozens of landowners, collectively responsible for managing over 100,000 acres,.  The project also hosted State and Federal wildlife and forestry agency staff seminars in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  To supplement this work, ABC published two management guides: Land Managers Guide to Cavity Nesting Bird Habitat and Snags, Bark Beetles, and Cavity Nesters. Over 18,000 copies of these guides were distributed to land managers including 2,500 private landowners who manage over 500,000 acres of forest land.

The project intersects with Sustainable Forestry Initiative goals through conservation of biological diversity and wildlife habitat as well as landowner education and outreach. 


Project Partners

American Bird Conservancy partnered with USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Deschutes Land Trust, and Pacific Stewardship LLC. 



Audubon, NY


About American Bird Conservancy

American Bird Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.  ABC acts across the full spectrum of threats to birds to safeguard the rarest bird species, restore habitats, and reduce threats, unifying and strengthening the bird conservation movement.


Land Manager's Guide to Cavity-Nesting Bird Habitat and Populations