Migratory Bird Initiative

Tracking birds and the places they need across their full life-cycles

Hudsonian Godwits. Photo: Chris Linder/iLCP

The mission of the Migratory Bird Initiative is to secure the future of migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere by reducing direct threats and protecting key places across the Americas in coordination with science, conservation and policy partners.

The Initiative brings together the latest spatial information on species distributions and movements across their annual cycles to identify priority areas for 520 species of migratory birds. We will use this information to define where and how to focus Audubon’s conservation investments in order to protect, restore and manage key habitat and also mitigate threats along full migratory pathways for these species.

Audubon expects to achieve these goals by 1) consolidating and elevating the best-available migration science, filling reseach gaps and identifying real time threats throughout annual cycle; 2) strengthening connections and cooperation among key stakeholders such as government agencies, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions and the Audubon network, and 3) informing policy advocacy at the local, state and federal level to drive science-based conservation.

Migratory birds face threats during all stages of the annual cycle, and these threats are accelerating. Fortunately, scientific data, particularly during migration, are accumulating; however, we need to act swiftly and collectively to protect birds and the places they need before the opportunities to do so disappear. Partnerships will be central to the success of the Migratory Bird Iniative, and Audubon looks forward to building and strengthening relationships with other key research and conservation organizations.

If you are a researcher and would like to contribute data to Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative, please fill out this Data Sharing Agreement. If you would like to contact us for more information, please email migratorybirds@audubon.org

Our Migratory Bird Initiative Staff

Jill Deppe

Jill Deppe

Senior Director, Migratory Bird Initiative

Melanie A. Smith

Melanie A. Smith

Program Director, Migratory Bird Initiative

Lotem Taylor

Lotem Taylor

GIS & Data Analyst, Migratory Bird Initiative

Erika Knight

Erika Knight

GIS/Data Analyst, Migratory Bird Initiative

Mikko Jimenez

Mikko Jimenez

Outreach Biologist, Migratory Bird Initiative

Chad Witko

Chad Witko

Outreach Biologist, Migratory Bird Initiative

Nicolas Gonzalez

Nicolas Gonzalez

Senior Communications Manager, Migration Science

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