Forest dwelling birds require large, unfragmented forest landscapes that includes a mix of successional stages and quality brood-rearing habitat for successful reproduction, and migration. To meet these needs, the New York Chapter of Audubon Society received $14,000 over two years beginning in 2011, to create a stronger link between forest management and bird conservation, and transfer knowledge and best practices to seven other states along the Atlantic Flyway. Audubon hosted five workshops to advise landowners how to integrate bird habitat considerations into their forest management plans and practices. These workshops were attended by 137 forest owners and forest managers, who manage over 815,000 acres of private forest lands as well as large areas of state forest across New York and Vermont. Audubon also created two informational bulletins, which were distributed to landowners across the region.
Audubon New York’s forest conservation and stewardship work is part of a larger effort being undertaken by Audubon throughout the Atlantic Flyway region, with similar work underway or planned in Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, and North and South Carolina, as well as at wintering sites for priority migratory species in Central and South America.
The project directly relates to Sustainable Forestry Initiative goals of protecting and promoting biological diversity as well as improving the practice of sustainable forestry through training, education programs, and landowner outreach.
For this project Audubon New York, partnered with the Empire State Forest Products Association, which leads the SFI Implementation Committee in New York State.