Forest Management

Learn how forest management benefits birds.

Photo: Connie Pinson

Many of our birds need access to healthy forests for raising baby birds, stopover points during migration, and cover and food in winter. A healthy forest ecosystem meets those needs by providing a variety of plant species, tree heights and ages, and safe places such as dead trees and ground debris. Through engagement with foresters and natural resource partners, Audubon North Carolina promotes bird-friendly forest management techniques, including introducing small canopy gaps, promoting mid-story growth, encouraging mast-producing trees and shrubs for year-round forage, and increasing the number of cavity trees.

Integrating bird conservation strategies with the existing goals of landowners, biologists, hunters, foresters, recreationists and other groups will expand our conservation efforts and the impact for North Carolina birds.

Learn more about our Bird-Friendly Forest Management initiatives.

With Small Changes, Forest Management Benefits Birds
Working Lands

With Small Changes, Forest Management Benefits Birds

Last month, nearly 50 foresters were trained in management practices to benefit birds in NC.

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Bird-Friendly Forestry Training Increases Land Stewardship
Working Lands

Bird-Friendly Forestry Training Increases Land Stewardship

Outreach to private landowners is an important step in increasing land stewardship for our imperiled species. The Audubon staff works with partners to present the latest research and programs associated with the best forest management practices for birds.

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News & Updates

Priority Bird Profile: Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Working Lands

Priority Bird Profile: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is one of about a dozen “priority species” that the National Audubon Society’s Healthy Forest initiative has chosen to help through active forest protection and management.

Foresters for the Bottomland Birds
Forestry Trainings

Foresters for the Bottomland Birds

Our 3rd "Foresters for the Birds" workshop at Jones Lake State Park brought together over 40 foresters and land managers to learn how to manage bottomland hardwood forests for birds.

Old Homestead Seeds Change
GWWA Conservation - Working Lands

Old Homestead Seeds Change

"Since I’ve owned my property I’ve been looking for ways to benefit wildlife," explains Broadwell. "I want to make it a more interesting and attractive place for myself and the animals that depend on it."

Land Trust Property Certified As Bird-Friendly Habitat
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Land Trust Property Certified As Bird-Friendly Habitat

Audubon North Carolina is happy to officially recognize the LandTrust for Central NC’s Low Water Bridge property in Montgomery County as a Certified Forest Landbird Legacy Habitat.

Biodiversity Brings New Birds Home
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Biodiversity Brings New Birds Home

In this series, we profile local landowners to share all the amazing and exciting ways various properties can be enhanced to support struggling populations of priority bird species.

Forestry for the Birds
Forestry Trainings

Upcoming Events: Forestry for the Birds

Foresters, landowners, natural resources professionals and more are invited to attend our bird-friendly forestry trainings!

FAQs: Forest Management for Birds
Working Lands

FAQ: Forest Management Through Working Lands

FAQs for managing and improving your land to benefit birds.

Why Bottomland Hardwood Forests Matter to Landbird Migration
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Why Bottomland Hardwood Forests Matter to Landbird Migration

Audubon’s Forest Landbird Legacy Program’s Eastern Forests initiative is an innovative program that enables landowners and foresters to help support birds that depend on forested landscapes along the Atlantic Flyway.

Readying for Winter at Cane Creek Reservoir
Working Lands

Readying for Winter at Cane Creek Reservoir

Audubon North Carolina biologist Aimee Tomcho joined the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for Orange Water And Sewer Authority’s Community Open House at the Cane Creek Reservoir.

Restoring 200 Acres for Golden-winged Warblers
Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Restoring 200 Acres for Golden-winged Warblers

A 50 acre restoration project by these landowners could mean 10 new Golden-winged Warbler territories (and possibly 10 new nests annually!)

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