Working Lands

Of Habitat and Hoof Prints

— Quail Forever & Audubon Conservation Ranching partnering to increase conservation grazing on the Great Plains

Vermont Hay Season Is Shifting Earlier, But Nesting Birds Are Staying Put

— Because of warming temperatures, farmers harvest hay earlier in the year than they did two decades ago, placing songbird nests in balers' paths.
Marshall Johnson, center, and Kay Cornelius meet with Panorama rancher Dave Hutchinson on his Nebraska ranch. Wyatt DeVries

Of Burgers and Birds: A Partnership That Nearly Doubles Audubon's Impact on Ranches across the Country

— Audubon Conservation Ranching teams up with Panorama Organic Meats to Bring Grassland Birds Back

National Audubon Society Announces Largest Market-Based Regenerative Grasslands Partnership in the U.S.

— Partnership with Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats will restore habitat, combat climate change on one million acres of working ranchland.
Western Meadowlark. Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

Bird Friendliness Index Shows Audubon Conservation Ranching is Bringing Grassland Birds Back

— Populations show a jump of more than a third in some areas.

Innovative Bill Would Promote Regenerative Ranching in California

— Audubon-sponsored bill encourages ranching practices that restore grasslands and sequester carbon.
Greater Sage-Grouse. Evan Barrientos/Audubon

President Trump Visits Colorado as his Policies Wreak Havoc on Public Lands

— This Administration prioritizes energy leasing over sound management of the sagebrush ecosystem.

Video: Watch (and Hear) Two Bitterns Getting Weird in a Rice Field

— Mindful conservation on California rice farms creates homes for wetland birds, while also providing a rare chance to study them.

Celebrating Sagebrush: The West's Most Important Native Plant

— Covering 165 million acres across 14 states, sagebrush country is home to more wildlife—and people—than you might realize.
Illustration: Meryl Rowin

In Mexico, Grassland Birds and Ranching Can Coexist — with Mauricio de la Maza

— "That’s how everything kind of melds together: birds, habitat, water, the people, and economics."