Photo – Rod Gilbert
Oak and prairie habitats are one of the Pacific Northwest’s most threatened habitats. They were once a signature feature of the native landscape from northern California to British Columbia, but have suffered widespread losses to development and conversion to agriculture. In many areas, the remaining oak woodlands are rapidly being overtaken by invading conifers and the losses are expected to accelerate in the next few decades.
According to the 2014 State of the Birds report, bird species dependent on oak woodlands are showing steep declines.
Pacific Birds is working with its regional partners to:
Implement the goals of the new regional Prairie, Oaks and People business plan.
Expand our partners’ collective capacity to protect and restore oak and prairie habitats in the most important places for birds.
Build public support for long-term investments to sustain oak and prairie birds and habitats in the decades ahead.
For more information about this conservation priority, contact Bruce Taylor, Pacific Birds Partnership Coordinator.