Managing Forests for Birds (a five-part video series)

This new video series highlights the importance of proper forest management in improving a diversity of habitat for birds and other wildlife, and focuses on several Ohio private landowners detailing their experiences managing and improving conditions of their woodlands and the beneficial changes in the bird community following such actions.

With fewer sources of natural disturbances such as a forest fire, active management plays a crucial role in creating and maintaining early-successional forest, or young forests, on the landscape. When responsibly planned and implemented, such management activities can be a valuable tool for creating and improving habitat for birds.

– Matthew Shumar, OBCI Program Coordinator

Initiating changes to forest structure that create a more diverse and healthy forest can be daunting for woodland owners. Through this video series, landowners can learn critical information and access tools and resources needed to manage their property for wildlife.

Topics covered include creating early-successional habitat, using thinning and crop-tree release timber harvest methods, controlling invasive species, and how to work with wildlife and forestry professionals to ensure the best management practices. Though focused on landowners and properties in Ohio, the videos are a great educational resource for land managers and private landowners with a variety of forest structure and addressing numerous issues.

The video series was developed to further assist land managers in improving forest habitat for birds and illustrates recommendations from “Managing Forest Birds in Southeast Ohio: A Guide for Land Managers.” The guide was developed by OBCI and its partners and written by Amanda Rodewald, Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and former faculty member at The Ohio State University. The management recommendations in the guide are based on research conducted in the forested landscapes of southeastern Ohio by The Ohio State University and Ohio Division of Wildlife. The guide includes recommendations for creating early successional habitat, planning shelterwood harvests, and managing mature forests to benefit birds.

Along with the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources–Division of Wildlife, ODNR–Division of Forestry, The Ohio State University, and The Nature Conservancy in Ohio were instrumental in the development of these videos.

Forest Management partner organization logos

Access all the videos in this series here:

The videos can be watched on YouTube or in the embedded player above.

We have also produced a DVD version, for workshops and classrooms where internet may not be accessible. You can download a copy of the disc HERE (we recommend using ImgBurn to burn to a blank DVD).

If you are interested in getting started with forest management on your property, we recommend visiting the following resources first:

ODNR–Division of Forestry Service Foresters

Call Before You Cut
Phone (Ohio): 877-424-8288

ODNR–Division of Wildlife Private Lands Management

Soil and Water Conservation District

These additional resources are also helpful for landowners:

Financial Assistance Opportunities

Natural Resource Conservation Service
Phone: 740-653-5320

USFWS–Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Lori Stevenson, State Coordinator

National Wild Turkey Federation – Seed Subsidy Program

Land Protection & Preservation

Coalition of Ohio Land Trusts

Non-native Invasive Species

Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health

Ohio Invasive Plants Council

Wildlife Management

ODNR–Division of Wildlife
District 1 Private Lands Biologists, Phone: 614-314-1315
District 2 Private Lands Biologists, Phone: 419-898-0960 ext. 26
District 3 Private Lands Biologists, Phone: 330-889-3280
District 4 Private Lands Biologists, Phone: 740-589-9930
District 5 Private Lands Biologists, Phone: 937-372-9261, 937-347-0925

Wildlife Management Institute

National Wild Turkey Federation

Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture list of private landowner resources

Working Lands For Wildlife

Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project

Woodland Management

ODNR–Division of Forestry – Small Woodlot Assistance (2-10 acres)

ODNR–Division of Forestry – Woodland Management Assistance (≥10 acres)
Phone: 877-247-8733

Rural Action Sustainable Forestry Program
Phone: 740-677-4047

American Tree Farm System

Woodland Owner Workshops & Classes

Ohio State University Woodland Stewards Program

A Day in the Woods – 2nd Friday Series