Migratory Bird Initiative

Lotem Taylor during a hike through Glacier National Park in 2017. Moriah Taylor

Audubon Spotlight: Lotem Taylor is Everywhere in Audubon

— For a GIS and data analyst for Audubon’s Migratory Bird Initiative and Science team, placing yourself in context with your surroundings is what makes mapping so powerful.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds rapidly double their body weight in fat as they prepare for migration. Barry Jerald Jr./Audubon Photography Awards

Five Incredible Ways Birds Change Their Bodies for Spring and Fall Migration

— To power perilous journeys, birds undergo extreme feats like doubling their body weight and rearranging or even consuming their internal organs.
Prothonotary Warbler. Anne Lindgren/Audubon Photography Awards

A Tale of Two Migration Routes: How Prothonotary Warblers Make Their Way Home

— Using tiny tracking devices, researcher Chris Tonra and the Prothonotary Warbler Working Group are informing key conservation efforts.

Tracking a Migratory Scientist: From Banding Birds to Global Bird Conservation

— Amy Scarpignato’s extensive career as a field technician became her biggest asset in the race to protect migratory birds.
White-winged Crossbill. Silver Leapers/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Keeping Track of These Boreal Nomads Is Notoriously Difficult

— The irregular irruptions of winter finches inspire both delight and bewilderment among migration scientists.
Tree Swallows in the Central Valley region of California. Cultura Creative/Alamy

Tens of Millions of Western Birds Depend on These Two Regions During Migration

— California’s Central Valley and the Colorado River Delta are critical stopover sites for dozens of migrant species, according to new research.
Black-throated Gray Warbler. Scott Somershoe/USFWS/Flickr (CC 0)

Audubon Scientists Reveal Migration Bottlenecks Used by Tens of Millions of Birds

— New study details how California’s Central Valley and the Colorado River Delta in Mexico provide food and shelter for globally significant numbers of migratory birds.

Artificial Lighting May Shift Bird Migration by More Than a Week, New Research Says

— Purple Martins exposed to bright nighttime light migrated eight days early—which could lead to starvation at their breeding grounds.
Northern Saw-whet Owl. Jim Bachman/Audubon Photography Awards

Where Will Rocky the Northern Saw-whet Owl Spend the Holidays?

— To learn where the beloved Rockefeller Center Christmas tree owl will go for the winter, Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative spoke to owl researcher Sean Beckett.
Marbled Godwit. Mick Thompson/Audubon Photography Awards

New Study Finds Humboldt Bay is Among the Most Important Places in the Entire Hemisphere for Migratory Shorebirds

— Its intertidal mudflats crowded with migratory shorebirds each year, this California bay is threatened by the aquaculture industry.