Audubon Vermont's conservation biologists offer technical assistance to individual landowners in the Champlain Valley. Biologists visit grassland, wetland and shrubland habitats and assess the quality of the habitats as well as offer practical recommendations for protecting and enhancing those habitats for priority bird species. Where appropriate, Audubon biologists inform landowners about cost-sharing opportunities through the Vermont NRCS Environmental Quality (EQIP) Incentive Programs.
Audubon's habitat assessments provide the information landowners need to make positive conservation decisions on their land. For example, landowners with open fields may delay mowing fields until after July 15th each year. Where possible, landowners should maintain old fields and forest edges in early-successional habitat. Additional recommendations for managing bird habitat on private can be found at Audubon's Creating Bird-Friendly Communities.
Champlain Valley Bird Initiative habitat assessments are focused in areas with the greatest conservation potential in the Champlain Valley in an attempt to bring landowners together to develop common habitat management goals and in turn create an increasingly larger avian conservation footprint within the region.