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

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.

Audubon North Carolina Hosts Yale University’s Sustainable Family Forest Initiative Trainers for Two-Day Workshop
Working Lands

Audubon North Carolina Hosts Yale University’s Sustainable Family Forest Initiative Trainers for Two-Day Workshop

Yale University's Sustaining Family Forests Initiative strategizes on how to connect with forestland owners during conference.

Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat
Working Lands

Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat

Private Landowners Contribute to Successful Habitat Restoration and Management to benefit the Golden-winged Warbler.

Regional Land Management Outreach Initiative to Protect More Golden-Winged Warbler Habitats
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Regional Land Management Outreach Initiative to Protect More Golden-Winged Warbler Habitats

1,000 private landowners across nine Western NC counties identified for next wave of Working Lands outreach.

Leading Conservation – Working Lands
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Leading Conservation – Working Lands

We know the Golden-winged Warbler and Wood Thrush greatly benefit from connected habitats. One way we are solving this is through our Working Lands Initiative. Donate to support this program.

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.

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.

Expanding a Golden-Winged Warbler Family
Working Lands

Expanding a Golden-Winged Warbler Family

Meet Don and Holly Addis - managing their Western NC land for Golden-winged Warbler habitat with assistance from Audubon NC.

A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers
Working Lands

A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers

Mark and Margaret Hartman are managing their Ashe County land for Golden-winged Warblers. Click to learn more!

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