Northeast Bird Habitat Initiative

January 25, 2019

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

The goal of the initiative is to help the RCP Network connect with bird conservation in ways that advance and expand their efforts, their partnerships, and ecological priorities. Together with the technical expertise and resources that Audubon partners and Cornell offer, this initiative can contribute to longer-term land protection objectives across a larger landscape, yielding more benefits for birds, people, and our natural resources.

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 demonstrate and create awareness of how bird conservation can help advance regional priorities and be used successfully to assist with private land planning and protection.
  2. Support and encourage RCP members and partners to adopt eBird as a tool for monitoring, decision-making, and engaging constituents.
  3. Improve, conserve, and manage habitats through a series of projects that support declining populations of target bird species, such as the American Kestrel and Wood Thrush, in forestlands and farmlands of New England and eastern New York by protecting and stewarding priority places for these target birds through managed acres 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.

Conversations have continued among partners over that last two years, and Audubon and RCP partners are beginning to explore pilot projects at a landscape scale, as well as develop shared ecological priorities. If you are interested in learning more about this initiative or would like to get involved, please contact Katie Blake, Highstead, or Sara Barker, Cornell Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative, for more information.

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