Working Lands

Forest for Birds

Habitat Assessment Program
Chestnut-sided Warbler. Photo: Shirley Donald / Audubon Photography Awards
Working Lands

Forest for Birds

Habitat Assessment Program

Audubon Connecticut's Forest for Birds program integrates science, education, public policy, and land management expertise to ensure the continued existence of high-quality breeding habitat for forest songbirds along the Atlantic Flyway. One primary way we have worked toward this goal is to provide bird habitat assessments for landowners, land managers, and communities who wish to protect and enhance habitat for breeding forest birds on the properties they own and/or manage. We are now expanding the reach of this program by training foresters to incorporate “bird-friendly” recommendations into forest management plans for their conservation-minded clients.

What is a Forest Bird Habitat Assessment?

A habitat assessment is a survey of current songbird and forest habitat conditions on your property, conducted by an Audubon conservation biologist and a licensed forester during the spring or summer months. Alternatively, a forester endorsed by Audubon may do a similar assessment independently.

Information about bird habitat can be incorporated into a written report with suggested management options aimed at enhancing, maintaining, and/or creating quality habitat on your property.

There are currently two active assessment iniatives for landowners or land trusts.

1. The Southern New England Heritage Forest woodland assessment project, led by The Last Green Valley, in partnership with Audubon Connecticut and several regional organizations.

2. The Landscape-scale Forest Restoration Grant for Land Trusts, led by Audubon Connecticut with funding from the U.S. Forest Service.

For questions and more information about our Forest for Birds program and assessment opportunities, please contact Eileen Fielding, Audubon Sharon Center Director and Connecticut Team Leader for Eastern Forests, at eileen.fielding@audubon.org or 860-364-0520, x120.

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