Landowners Enlist in Saving Declining Bird Species

Flammulated Owl.
Photo: © Dick Cannings

Private landowners are stepping up to help a number of cavity-nesting bird species of conservation concern. In many areas of the West, there is a shortage of large snags (dead trees) needed by many species of cavity-nesters, including the Flammulated Owl, and Lewis’s and White-headed Woodpeckers as a result of forest management practices of post-fire logging and removing dead and dying trees. To help spread the news and get more landowners involved, American Bird Conservancy has produced a new booklet highlighting with the efforts of private landowners in implementing bird conservation measures in ponderosa pine forests to help cavity-nesting birds.


“I used to take 10-12 truckloads of dead and dying trees off my property each year, but now I will leave a lot of those dead trees for wildlife, especially cavity-nesting birds,” says Jim Dovenberg, a participant in the program from Oregon who is featured in the booklet which was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


Produced in cooperation with the American Forest Foundation and Forest Restoration Partnership, the booklet, entitled “Landowners Stories in Bird Conservation: Managing for Cavity-Nesting Birds in Ponderosa Pine Forests”, features the stories of six landowners who participated in the program.”


Landowners hold the future of these birds in their management decisions,” said American Bird Conservancy’s Dan Casey, the Northern Rockies Bird Conservation Region Coordinator. “We hope that the stories of these folks will inspire other people to manage their land for cavity-nesting bird species, and we are providing a variety of resources to help them make the transition.”