Miguel Jimenez

Mikko Jimenez

Outreach Biologist, Migratory Bird Initiative

As an Outreach Biologist, Miguel "Mikko" Jimenez acquires tracking and occurrence datasets for North American migratory birds, and works with collaborators on behalf of Audubon's Migratory Bird Initiative. Serving as a point of contact for Audubon, he reaches out to potential collaborators and manages data-sharing agreements. By helping to form relationships with scientists and institutions, Mikko facilitates collaboration across different data providers to spotlight their research.

As an avid birder and Chicagoland native, Mikko's research interests broadly lie in the effects of widespread anthropogenic land use on bird conservation. With experience in wildlife monitoring, community science, and urban ecology, he has a strong background in wildlife research and applied conservation. Mikko holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Knox College, where he founded and was president of the undergraduate Birding Club. He also holds a M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University, where his research focused on the role of urban conservation programs for engaging the public and enhancing habitat for birds and butterflies.

Articles by Mikko Jimenez

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

October 15, 2021 — 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.

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

March 25, 2021 — 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

March 09, 2021 — Amy Scarpignato’s extensive career as a field technician became her biggest asset in the race to protect migratory birds.

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

December 22, 2020 — 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.

For Arianna Punzalan, Protecting California Condors is Close to the Heart

October 30, 2020 — It wasn’t always Punzalan's dream to study California Condors, but now her research is being used to protect the species and help properly site wind farms across her home state.

The First Half of 2020 Included Some Good News for Birds

July 02, 2020 — From coast to coast, bird conservationists reported these remarkable migration success stories.

These Mighty Birds Connect People Across the Pacific Ocean Every Year

May 21, 2020 — Some of the most impressive bird migrations shrink the distance across our largest ocean.

How Scientists Learned About The Blackpoll Warbler's Epic Migration

May 08, 2020 — Tiny, high-tech backpacks help us protect these songbirds throughout their full migratory cycle.

It’s Me, Your Birder Friend—Help Me Help You Identify That Species

April 24, 2020 — Saw a bird but you're not sure how to describe it? Here are the details to include in that text to your bird-nerd buddy.