Migratory Bird Initiative

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.

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.

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.

Keeping Track of These Boreal Nomads Is Notoriously Difficult

— The irregular irruptions of winter finches inspire both delight and bewilderment among migration scientists.

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.

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.

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.

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.