Migratory Bird Initiative

Melanie Smith and a black dog sit on a rock looking out over a lush green forest and distant, snow-capped mountains.
Audubon Spotlight: Melanie Smith Finds Inspiration in the Powerful Force of Nature
September 15, 2022 — An early trip to Alaska set the course of her life, but these days Smith has set her sights on migratory birds across the hemisphere.
Wood Stork.
The Weird and Wild Migration of the Wood Stork Raises Many Questions
September 15, 2022 — This unmistakable emblem of the Everglades and other Southern wetlands may be changing its migratory behavior in response to human impacts on the ecosystem.
A large brown hawk with a large pointed beak and a tracking device affixed to its back is held by two people.
To Protect Broad-winged Hawks, We First Need to Know Where They Migrate
September 07, 2022 — Researchers Laurie Goodrich and Rebecca McCabe are demystifying the long journeys of these migratory raptors to better inform conservation efforts.
How Birds Canada Plays An Important Role In Understanding Wildlife Movements
September 06, 2022 — The organization's ever-growing Motus Wildlife Tracking System provides key data for migratory bird conservation.
The Flammulated Owl Is a Small Raptor Facing Big Threats
August 22, 2022 — Scott Yanco’s research on the migration and ecology of this reclusive owl can give the bird a fighting chance.
Finding Wisdom in A Century’s Worth of Bird Banding Records
August 12, 2022 — The U.S. Geological Survey's Bird Banding Lab "puts a ring on it" and reveals the wonders of birds migration.
Esri Puts Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative on the Map
August 12, 2022 — By providing and advancing the technology behind increasingly accurate maps, the GIS giant plays an integral role in effective nature conservation.
Movebank, Repository for Wildlife Migration Data, Brings the Scientific Community Together
August 11, 2022 — As the body of migration research grows exponentially, providing access to data and connecting scientists allow for more collaboration and public engagement.
Meet Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, the Scorekeepers of North America's Birds
August 09, 2022 — Maintaining reliable bird population data makes bird conservation more effective.
Audubon Scientists Develop New Method to Improve Mapping of Bird Migrations
June 01, 2022 — Four dozen co-authors from leading bird and wildlife organizations use novel approach to better identify the places migratory birds need along their perilous journeys.