Audubon Rockies Conservation Ranching Program represent one of the best hopes for conservation across the American West. Ranches and farms cover more than one billion acres of the United States.
Birds are highly sensitive to landscape changes which makes them excellent indicators of over-all ecosystem health. Grassland birds, as a group, experienced the steepest decline of over-all ecosystem health. Since the 1960's populations of several key species have declines as much as 80%.
Audubon’s Solution: Keep Ranchers Ranching
When used as a creative land management tool — with the added benefit of producing food — our cattle can help sequester carbon, reduce fire fuels, and restore wildlife habitats. Whats good for the bird is good for the herd!
Audubon & Ranchers: A Shared Vision
Audubon is working on a market based, value added program that will benefit ranchers in the Northern Great Plains . Audubon is helping individual ranchers improve sustainability of their grazing practices to directly access premiums for grassland habitat stewardship. Grassland birds and ranchers stand to benefit from this win-win, because after all, where birds thrive, people can prosper.
Audubon is working to:
• Create a decision support tool for bird-friendly land management practices
• Host regional rancher workshops to share and encourage uptake of bird-friendly land management practices
• Create premium beef market opportunities to reward bird-friendly land management practices
For information, please contact: Alison Holloran, Executive Director, Audubon Rockies; Vice President, National Audubon Society. Contact Audubon Rockies at 970-416-6931