Photo – Rod Gilbert

Oak and prairie habitats are now among 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 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 many partners to:

Develop a strategic framework to guide and support oak and prairie habitat conservation across the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Photo – Sheila Sund © Creative Commons


More than two dozen landbird species rely on oak and prairie habitats in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more, contact Bruce Taylor, Pacific Birds Partnership Coordinator, or Sara Evans-Peters, Pacific Birds Conservation Planner.