Migratory Bird Initiative

How Many Birds Disappear Between Migration Seasons? We Now Have a Clue.

How Many Birds Disappear Between Migration Seasons? We Now Have a Clue.

— New research has found that a third of the avian population that winters in the mainland United States might not survive till spring. But why?
A Popular New Migration Tool Could Save Birds from Deadly Building Collisions

A Popular New Migration Tool Could Save Birds from Deadly Building Collisions

— BirdCast can accurately forecast the biggest migration movements days in advance. This is good news for birds and birders alike.
Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

— Left behind by their parents, juvenile Black-bellied Plovers must rely on instincts to find their way.
Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall

Three Ways You Can Help Migrating Birds This Fall

— Migrants heading south face myriad man-made obstacles, but there are actions we can all take to save their lives.
Acid-Covered Caterpillars Are a Delicacy for Migrating Swainson's Hawks

Acid-Covered Caterpillars Are a Delicacy for Migrating Swainson's Hawks

— Each spring, thousands of the ravenous raptors descend on California's Anza-Borrego desert to gorge themselves on a buffet of moth larvae.
This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

— After bouncing back from near extinction, the Kirtland's Warbler is helping scientists understand the outsize role of winter habitat for migratory birds.
The Mystery of the Golden-winged Warbler's Decline Starts to Unravel

The Mystery of the Golden-winged Warbler's Decline Starts to Unravel

— New research finds that the songbird's recovery might be stunted by habitat degradation where it overwinters.
Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

Scientists Want to Start Forecasting When Certain Species Are Migrating Your Way

— Weather maps are essential for researchers shadowing birds on the move. Pairing radar with eBird data will take migration tracking to the next level.
Deforestation and Drought in the Tropics Are the Biggest Threats to U.S. Forest Birds

Deforestation and Drought in the Tropics Are the Biggest Threats to U.S. Forest Birds

— Within 40 years, migratory songbirds will face greater danger where they overwinter in Central America than where they nest, new research says.
Lights Out for the Texas Skyscraper That Caused Hundreds of Songbird Deaths

Lights Out for the Texas Skyscraper That Caused Hundreds of Songbird Deaths

— With input from local wildlife groups and birders, the owners are shutting down the lights and turning up the dialogue around bird-friendly practices.