We partner with local landowners, knowing working lands represent one of the best hopes for conservation.
Overlooking former agriculture lands, restored and serving as a wetland mitigation bank, which is the headwaters of the Coldwater River. Photo: Mitch Robinson
Best management practices on ranches, farms and forests are the key to survival for more than 150 species of threatened grassland and forest birds. By partnering with private landowners, Audubon can help ensure a bright future for these birds and a healthy landscape for future generations.
Strawberry Plains Audubon Center has employed the rich hunting and farming legacy of the Southeast to unite the management objectives of bird conservation with those of working lands. In concert with the use of native plants to transition home landscapes into stopovers and havens for birds and other wildlife, this working lands model has proven a viable approach for conservation on the ground in our local communities. Over the last decade, Strawberry has implemented the restoration and protection of over 40,000 acres of habitat. Through our conservation programming, ecological consulting and propagation and dissemination of native plants, we have created habitat for 29 WatchList bird species, countless neotropical migrants, songbirds, ducks, and a diversity of other wildlife.