Migratory Bird Initiative

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How Gray Catbirds and Yellow-breasted Chats Help Bridge Cultural Barriers

— In order to learn more about the migration of Yellow-breasted Chats and Gray Catbirds that breed in Canada's Okanagan Valley, Kristen Mancuso forged connections with multiple First Nation communities.

The Connecticut Warbler Connects Threatened Forest Habitat on Two Different Continents

— New migration research suggests that supporting Indigenous-led Boreal Forest stewardship in Canada as well as local conservation efforts in Latin America will be key to protecting one of our most elusive songbirds.

Audubon Spotlight: Erika Knight Charted Her Path One Precise Step at a Time

— How the GIS expert and data analyst turned a passion for maps and the outdoors into a career in conservation.
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.