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Habitat Management

Birds need habitat to survive. Exactly what type and how much depends on a species' food preferences, foraging strategies, and nest site requirements.

Some birds can live in suburban and even urban environments. Species whose habitat requirements are specific, especially area-sensitive birds requiring large tracts of woodland or grassland, have more difficulty finding suitable habitat amidst our ever-developing human landscape.

Successful habitat maintenance follows several guiding principles. These can be used by anyone, on both public and private land, to conserve breeding habitat, wintering habitat, and migratory corridors of all sizes.

Guidelines for Specific Habitat Types


Backyard Habitat Conservation

Conservation on Grasslands

Conservation in Forested Areas

Conservation on Farmlands

Conservation-oriented Land-Use Planning