Flyways of the America

Atlantic Flyway

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Priority Project


Sea level rise will destroy many salt marsh habitats, especially those along the Eastern seaboard. Audubon is working to prevent
Long Island Sound, NY_John Huba

A Flyway as Diverse as the People Who Live in It

The Atlantic Flyway encompasses some of the hemisphere’s most productive ecosystems, including forests, beaches, and coastal wetland.

The Atlantic Flyway is home to a wide variety of ecosystems—and more than a third of the human population of the United States. Protecting birds and their habitats from human activity and the threat of sea-level rise is at the forefront of Audubon’s mission in this flyway. Shorebird monitoring programs from New York to the Bahamas ensure beach-nesting species, including the Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher, have safe places to rear their young.

In eastern shrublands and woods, the Golden-winged Warbler and Bobolink benefit from Audubon’s habitat restoration efforts and our partnerships with private landowners to increase sustainable land management. By integrating the efforts of chapter volunteers, centers, state offices, and local landowners, Audubon is making the entire Atlantic Flyway a better place for birds and people.

Atlantic Flyway In the News

Audubon Mural Project

Eastern Black Rail by Yulia Avgustinovich

Location: 307 Elm Street NW, Washington D.C. 20001
Great Blue Heron flies over water

Inflation Reduction Act is Making a Difference for Water Resources, Rural Communities, Birds

Significant climate legislation one year after passage.
The 14 year old Painted Bunting being held.

‘Old Man Bunting’ Nearly Breaks the Age Record for Painted Buntings

A male Painted Bunting visited a South Carolina backyard for 14 years, making him one of the oldest birds ever documented for the species.

Conservation Projects in the Atlantic Flyway


Lights Out Chicago and Minneapolis

Migrating birds face a wide range of manmade threats. One of the most deadly is collisions with tall buildings, which cause millions of fatalities each spring and fall.
Climate Change


Helping imperiled saltmarsh birds adapt to sea-level rise threatening coastal marshes in the Chesapeake Bay
Working Lands

Eastern Forests

Full-lifecycle conservation for seven priority species along the Atlantic Flyway
Working Lands

Eastern Grasslands & Shrublands

Creating a network of protected private and public lands

Long Island Sound

Audubon is leading an ambitious effort to restore the Long Island Sound’s health, supporting waterbirds, shorebirds, and people

Everglades Ecosystem

Audubon’s goal for the Everglades is to reestablish colonies of wading birds that have been displaced