The Flyways

Central Flyway

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Priority Project

Central Flyway Migration Corridor

Many of North America’s migratory birds rely on the Central Flyway’s diverse marsh and wetland habitats for their spring and fal
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An Expanse of Mountains, Rivers, Plains, and Shores

Spanning the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, arid Southwest, and western Gulf Coast

The Central Flyway comprises more than half the landmass of the continental United States, before extending into Central and South America. Audubon works to protect threatened ecosystems, such as riparian habitat in the Colorado River basin and vast sagebrush habitats, on behalf of such iconic bird species as the Yellow-billed Cuckoo and the Greater Sage-Grouse.

Recently Audubon Dakota identified 67 new IBAs in North and South Dakota. Audubon Rockies has been influential in protecting more than 15 million acres of sagebrush habitat in Wyoming; Audubon Arizona rebuilt habitat for owls, hummingbirds, and cuckoos; and Audubon Texas successfully saved a number of critical barrier-island bird roosting sites from an oil spill in Galveston Bay.

Central Flyway In the News

A group of phalaropes swim in a lake with out of focus mountains in the distance.
Western Water News

Wilson’s Phalaropes and their Journey from Canada to Argentina

Key stopovers at Great Salt Lake and Mono Lake allow for 10000 mile migrations.
Western Water News

Horseshoe Reservoir: An Opportunity to Restore 

Audubon StoryMap explores riverside habitat rehabilitation options within footprint of reservoir on the Verde River 
Western Water News

Living on a Smaller Colorado River Water Supply

Arizona, California, and Nevada are proving they can live with less.

Conservation Projects in the Central Flyway

Saving Important Bird Areas

Central Flyway Migration Corridor

Protecting the Central Flyway’s diverse marsh and wetland habitats for migrating species
Working Lands

Sagebrush Ecosystem

Balancing prairie-bird protection with our nation’s need for energy
Working Lands

Grassland Birds

Developing market-based management of dwindling prairie habitat that benefits birds and ranchers alike

Western Rivers

Audubon is working to identify, protect, and restore priority riparian Important Bird Areas throughout the Southwest

Western Water

Audubon is working to identify, protect, and restore priority habitats in the Colorado River basin and around intermountain saline lakes

Saline Lakes

Saline lakes and their associated wetlands throughout Intermountain West create a network of critical habitat that millions of birds depend on for breeding, resting and feeding during migration, and wintering.