Eco-Friendly Habitat Management

Photo: Mary Smalling

By providing alternatives to traditional methods of habitat management, eco-friendly techniques are becoming more popular among land managers and property owners. Eco-friendly methods lessen the impact to the land by introducing less soil erosion and compaction, using less chemicals and fossil fuels, and resulting in less waste by providing an outlet for non-timber forest products such as gnarled wood, tree bark, and even essential oils. Audubon has employed these “green” techniques while stewarding habitat restoration for the Golden-winged Warbler and other priority bird species.

Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat
Forest Management - Working Lands

Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat

Goats will munch the leaves, woody stems, and high vegetative growth that many grazing animals will not. They don’t like to eat grass. This makes them the perfect partner in Golden-winged Warbler habitat management.

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Lighting Fires for Birds and Land in North Carolina
Working Lands

Lighting Fires for Birds and Land in North Carolina

Fire has been used in a variety of ways throughout human history to benefit people-- we're using it to give life back to forests and birds.

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The Sweet Smell of a Successful Forestry Project
GWWA 101 - Working Lands

The Sweet Smell of a Successful Forestry Project

Nothing is wasted at this former Christmas-tree farm site, where Golden-winged Warblers are now breeding and an essential-oils company is brewing a Fraser Fir aromatic.

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News & Updates

Local Farmers Use Horses to Restore GWWA Habitat
GWWA Conservation - Working Lands

Local Farmers Use Horses to Restore GWWA Habitat

Allie and Louis employed tree removal using horses, and created gaps in the forest canopy, to encourage continued growth of the vegetation cover GWWAs need to breed.

Your Morning Coffee Can Now Support Birds
Eco-Friendly Habitat Management

Your Morning Coffee Can Now Support Birds

“Shade Grown Coffee Supports Migratory Birds” is the new badge of honor for local coffee shops and roasters in Asheville and soon, across the state of North Carolina.

Surveying the Presence of the Declining Golden-winged Warbler
GWWA Conservation - Working Lands

Surveying the Presence of the Declining Golden-winged Warbler

A secretive bird, Golden-winged Warblers tend to go undetected in standard point count surveys, so we use a method that can detect their presence more accurately.

2017 Summer Biological Technicians
Coast

2017 Summer Biological Technicians

These biological technicians are instrumental in preserving the delicate, waning habitat on the beaches, marshes, and sanctuary islands on the North Carolina coast.

OWASA Recognized for Bird-friendly Forestry Plan
Forest Legacy Landbird Project

OWASA Recognized for Bird-friendly Forestry Plan

Audubon North Carolina and Orange Water and Sewer Authority encourage bird-friendly management practices in Cane Creek Reservoir.

Keep Our Rivers a Haven for Birds and People
Coast

Keep Our Rivers a Haven for Birds and People

Learn how you can help keep our rivers a haven for important bird species like pelicans, ibis, wading birds, and terns; especially during nesting season!

Highland Biological Students Focus on Golden-wings
Working Lands

Highland Biological Students Focus on Golden-wings

Budding young scientists are working to protect the Golden-winged Warblers we love.

Published Work on Golden-winged Warbler Conservation and Biology
Working Lands

Published Work on Golden-winged Warbler Conservation and Biology

Review recent peer reviewed and thesis papers done by Audubon staff, our academic partners at Appalachian and elsewhere.

Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat
Forest Management - Working Lands

Goats Help Restore Golden-wing Habitat

Goats will munch the leaves, woody stems, and high vegetative growth that many grazing animals will not. They don’t like to eat grass. This makes them the perfect partner in Golden-winged Warbler habitat management.

How you can help, right now