Webinar: Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge

Watch the webinar to learn more about land conservation in Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape to save bird habitat.

Learn more about land protection in Pennsylvania and why its so important to bird species. The webinar features Jeanne Ortiz, Senior Program Manager with Audubon Pennsylvania; Tyler Smith, Land Protection Specialist with The Nature Conservancy; and Dennis Shaffer, Director of Landscape Conservation with Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Watch: “Protection of the Kittatinny Ridge: A Global Important Bird Area”


Land protection can save bird habitat.

Significantly, the Kittatinny Ridge is part of the Atlantic Flyway and is a critical landscape in Pennsylvania. One of eight DCNR Conservation Landscapes, the Ridge is a Global Important Bird Area, home to 160 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Pennsylvania’s most climate resilient landscape, and the headwaters for millions. Specifically, learn how the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Audubon Pennsylvania, and the Nature Conservancy are conserving this treasured 185-mile landscape in partnership with non-profits, municipalities, colleges and universities, and land trusts up and down the Ridge and beyond. To learn more, visit https://kittatinnyridge.org/.

Land protection efforts in the Kittatinny Ridge and the PA Highlands region help preserve habitat for birds within the Atlantic Flyway, including the Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea).  The Cerulean Warbler is a member of the wood warbler family that is experiencing population decline in recent years.  Deciduous forests are key habitat for this species. Accordingly, birds make their nests in tall forests with little understory vegetation. To learn more, visit PA Audubon’s online Guide to Priority Birds.

The Pennsylvania Highlands is located just  south of the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape. Additionally, PA Highlands region includes land within four other Conservation Landscapes. These include Lehigh Valley Greenways, Schuylkill Highlands, Susquehanna Riverlands, and South Mountain.



Shows the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape and PA Highlands region, which represent important areas for bird habitat.


The Pennsylvania Highlands features quality drinking water, productive farms and forests, as well as rural community character. Additionally, the network of trails and land in the region provides outstanding opportunities to spend time outdoors. To learn more, visit pahighlands.org.