Northeast Bird Habitat Initiative

January 25, 2019

The Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative is a collaborative effort between The Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network, Highstead, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

This proposed program will help meet one of the RCP Network’s objectives which is developing shared ecological priorities. It involves building knowledge about the importance and benefit of using birds in decision making, introducing the online bird checklist program eBird, monitoring while working with landowners, and participating in land protection activities and stewardship.

The three goals of the Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative are:

  1. Raise the collective knowledge and consciousness about the importance of birds where RCPs work and awareness among land trusts of how bird conservation can help advance regional priorities, as well as interest partners such as Audubon and other bird conservation groups in the mission of RCPs.
  2. Support and encourage RCP members to adopt eBird as a tool for monitoring, decision-making, and engaging constituents.
  3. Improve, conserve, and manage habitats that support declining populations of Kestrels and Wood Thrush in forestlands and farmlands of New England and eastern New York by initiating projects to protect and steward priority places for these target birds that make a difference on the ground.
Hallie Schwab introducing the Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative at the RCP Gathering. Photo credit: Jeff Thiebauth

In November 2018, the team presented this initiative at the RCP Network Gathering Conference in Amherst, MA during the emerging landscape initiatives workshop track. Click here to see the slides from the presentation during this workshop.

We are still in the planning phases of this initiative and wish to engage potential partners interested in these priorities and bird conservation.

We would be happy to talk with you about how to become involved!

Please contact Hallie Schwab, Highstead, or Sara Barker, Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, for more information.