Maple Syrup Produced from Bird-Friendly Habitats

Collaborating to keep sugarbush habitat sweet for songbirds

The Vermont Maple Farm

Bird-Friendly Maple Resources
Working Lands

Bird-Friendly Maple Resources

Explore our Bird-Friendly Sugarbush Management Guidelines, Project Brochure and nifty Poster! Resources for Sugarmakers found here, too.

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Bird-Friendly Maple Sugarmakers
Working Lands

Bird-Friendly Maple Sugarmakers

Maple sugarbushes are inherently good for birds, but forests that are intentionally managed with birds in mind are even better!

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Support Migratory Birds in Vermont’s Sugarbushes

Maple syrup lovers everywhere can join in the celebration by getting bird-friendly and purchasing maple products from sugarmakers in our Bird-Friendly Maple ProjectClick here to learn more!

While maple syrup can look and taste the same, it can come from forests that are managed in dramatically different ways. Park-like maple monocultures may appeal to our tidy aesthetic and increase sap production over the short-term, but they support relatively low numbers of birds and bird species. In contrast, biologically and structurally diverse sugarbushes offer great places for birds to forage, find cover, and raise their young. They are also likely to have better long-term sap production, fewer forest health problems, and be better able to adapt to the stresses of climate change. 

The Bird-Friendly Maple Project is ready to give you and maple-lovers everywhere a way to support and promote sugarbush management that’s good for Vermont’s birds, forests, and forest-based economy. The project is building on the national award-winning Foresters for the Birds partnership between Audubon Vermont biologists and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation foresters and expanding to include a new partner: leaders from the Vermont maple industry that includes the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association.    

What Can You Do?

Look for the label. To recognize and support participating maple producers for their good work, look for maple syrup containers with the label indicating the syrup was produced in a Bird-Friendly forest habitat.  Maple sugarbushes are inherently good for birds, but forests that are intentionally managed with birds in mind are even better!

Questions?  Contact Audubon Conservation Biologist, Steve Hagenbuch.

The Bird-Friendly Maple Project is funded in-part by The Sands Foundation, The Davis Foundation, and Foundation M. 

Meet the Sugarmakers

More than just maple

Summer in the Sugarbush

A Bird-Friendly Maple Assessment at Couching Lion Maple Sugar Farm

Birds of the Sugarbush

Wood Thrush

Latin:  Hylocichla mustelina

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Scarlet Tanager

Latin:  Piranga olivacea

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Black-throated Blue Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga caerulescens

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Black-throated Green Warbler

Latin:  Setophaga virens

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Ovenbird

Latin:  Seiurus aurocapilla

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Eastern Wood-Pewee

Latin:  Contopus virens

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Latin:  Sphyrapicus varius

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American Redstart

Latin:  Setophaga ruticilla

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Veery

Latin:  Catharus fuscescens

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