Category: Birds

Managing Small Woodlands for Raptors

Managing Small Woodlands for Raptors: Oregon & Washington The soaring wings, sharp talons and intense eyes of raptors, have long inspired people. Raptors, or birds of prey, include hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, owls and vultures. Raptors are powerful hunters and fill unique ecological roles, particularly by preying upon a variety of species including small mammals, [Continue]

Wood Ducks on Small Woodlands

Some people say the wood duck (Aix sponsa) drake is the most spectacularly marked duck in the world. Others limit the claim to North America. Regardless, the male “woodie” is one of nature’s masterpieces. In flight, these birds are unusual in appearance with their crested heads, square tails and broad wings. But, close up or [Continue]

Cavity-Nesting Birds and Small Woodlands

Many birds utilize cavities for roosting, resting, cover, or other purposes during some time of the year to ensure their survival in forested areas in Oregon and Washington. These colorful, active, and interesting bird species have important ecological roles that enhance the beauty and ecological health of woodlands. Click Here for PDF

Habitat Management for Turkeys on Small Woodlands

Seeing flocks of wild turkeys along forest roads and in adjacent small fields is increasingly common throughout much of the forested areas of Oregon and Washington. Many forest land owners can long remember turkeys showing up at livestock feeding stations in winter, hearing the loud gobbling of the males echoing across forest land during the [Continue]

Quail on Small Woodlands

Three species of wild quail may be found in the Northwest, but one of them is rare. The mountain quail is a native to both Washington and Oregon and the valley or California quail is native to southern Oregon. In the early part of the century, the bobwhite quail was introduced rather randomly into various [Continue]

Managing Small Woodlands For Grouse

The Northwest has six of the ten species of North American grouse. Three of the species are found in forested areas and may be impacted by operations on small woodlands. Forest grouse of the Northwest include the ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), the blue grouse (Dendragapus obscurus), and the Franklin’s or spruce grouse (Dendragapus canadensis). The [Continue]

Managing Forest Habitats for Migrant Songbirds

Hearing the song of a yellow-rumped warbler or an olive-sided flycatcher during the early morning hours is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Many bird enthusiasts look forward to the annual return of birds we associate with the end of winter. The majority of the bird species that spend the spring and summer in [Continue]