Forest Landbird Legacy Program

Learn about our work to preserve forest blocks across the state.

Photo: John Isenhour/NCWRC

The Forest Landbird Legacy Program (FLLP) guides and supports land management and habitat restoration to benefit forest birds. By establishing a protected and properly managed network of forested landscapes along the Atlantic Flyway, Audubon will work to increase and maintain healthy populations of forest dependent priority species including the Wood Thrush and Golden-winged Warbler. 

Working Lands at Work 
Audubon enlists landowners and foresters to help support birds that depend on forested landscapes along the Atlantic Flyway. This program provides outreach, financial assistance, tools and training that promote bird-friendly forestry practices and drive forest conservation. 

In North Carolina, Audubon collaborates with conservation partners to lead the FLLP initiative establishing outreach and forest stewardship in four focal areas: Northwest Mountains, Central Piedmont and the Uwharries, the Northern Piedmont and the southeastern Coastal Plain. 

Audubon NC staff will reach out to landowners though local foresters and land trust organizations to maintain forest blocks in a way that mimics the characteristics of natural forest dynamics. Methods will include hosting workshops, partnering with landowners to demonstrate beneficial management techniques, and encouraging management that creates quality bird habitats (through varied activities like creating small canopy gaps and cavity trees among other practices) to support forest landbird diversity. Audubon is working with private landowners, government entities and conservation partners, focusing on land parcels with at least 50 acres of 50-year-old+ trees. Working with partner agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service and NC Wildlife Resources Commission, we have  identified the best locations to focus our work, facilitating technical and financial assistance on private lands.  

Help Our Work Continue
In just a few years, Audubon North Carolina’s private lands outreach has expanded from early successional forest work focused in Western North Carolina, now leading forest ecosystem stewardship for the conservation of all forest-dwelling landbirds across the North Carolina.

Internationally, FLLP will contribute to Audubon’s goal to impact 35 million acres in the United States and 140,000 acres in Belize as part of the Eastern Priority Forests Initiative

Contribute to the Forest Landbird Legacy Program and all of Audubon’s work to restore habitat for our most imperiled land birds. Click here to make a gift to the Working Lands Program.

The Forest Landbird Legacy Program will work to protect habitats for North Carolina’s most imperiled landbirds including: 

  • American Woodcock
  • Whip-poor-will
  • Wood Thrush
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Cerulean Warbler
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Kentucky Warbler
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch
  • Prairie Warbler
  • Worm-eating Warbler
  • Canada Warbler
  • Golden-winged Warbler 

A special thank you to the program partners collaborating on the Forest Landbird Legacy Progam:

Forest Management
Forest Management - Working Lands

Forest Management

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.

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Working Lands
Working Lands

Working Lands

Putting Working Lands to Work for Birds and People

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Golden-winged Warbler Conservation
GWWA Conservation - Working Lands

Golden-winged Warbler Conservation

Golden-winged Warbler populations are on the decline in the United States. Learn how Audubon North Carolina is impacting that decline.

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News & Updates

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
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A Record-Setting Habitat for Warblers

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

Audubon Vermont Biologists Visit North Carolina
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Audubon Vermont Biologists Visit North Carolina

Audubon's North Carolina and Vermont staff joined in the Western NC mountains to study Golden-winged Warbler habitat restoration techniques.

Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat
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Audubon Signs Designate Specialized Habitat

Audubon North Carolina is engaging private landowners in focal areas in the western region to manage their land for the Golden-winged Warblers, providing signs to designate the specialized habitats.

More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers
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More Volunteers Trained to Protect Warblers

A new team of Audubon volunteers met at the Highlands Biological Station and in Macon and Jackson County to learn about Golden-winged Warbler conservation techniques.

Audubon Signs Signify Specialized Habitat for Warblers
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Audubon Signs Signify Specialized Habitat for Warblers

Audubon Signs Given to Private Landowners Signify Specialized Habitat for Golden-winged Warblers.

Geolocators Flying North and South
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Geolocators Flying North and South

Geolocator data will inform our work in Western North Carolina that protects the habitats Golden-winged Warblers need for their survival. Learn more!

Advocating for Golden-winged Warbler Protections
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Advocating for Golden-winged Warbler Protections

There’s so much you can do to contribute to the conservation of a priority species like the Golden-winged Warbler.

Understanding the Endangered Species List
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Understanding the Endangered Species List

Audubon’s Efforts Protect the Golden-winged Warbler From Further Decline.

How you can help, right now