Eastern Towhee by Sharlene Allen
Avian Research Initiative at Audubon
At Audubon, we understand that birds and habitats are inextricably linked. Our mission has always been to protect birds, other wildlife and the habitats that they rely on. We believe that a healthy landscape is one that is teeming with life.
Unfortunately, climate change, habitat loss and a multitude of other factors are making the job of breeding, migrating and wintering increasingly difficult for our feathered friends. That is why we have spearheaded a new initiative to collect scientific data and better understand the health of our properties across the state. In 2022, we instituted a scientific research program, led by Dr. Charles Clarkson, Director of Avian Research, to usher in a new era for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
A three-step management plan to mitigate local decline and contribute to regional population growth:
Step 1: Baseline Data Collection and Identification of “Responsibility Birds”
Collection of baseline data on distribution, abundance, habitat associations and long-term population trends for all species breeding, overwintering and migrating through Audubon Society of Rhode Island properties. Identification of “Responsibility Birds” that are in need of additional monitoring and management recommendations.
Step 2: Detailed Monitoring of “Responsibility Birds”
Monitoring schemes will be implemented for all “Responsibility Birds” to collect detailed data on habitat-use, productivity and phenology (timing of important biological events, such as nestbuilding, egg-laying,chick-fledging, molting and migration).
Step 3: Implementation of Management Plans
Management plans informed by baseline data collection and targeted monitoring will be implemented to mitigate local declines and contribute to state and regional population growth.
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Over one-third of the birds breeding on Audubon Refuges are experiencing long-term population declines. Armed with the knowledge from these reports, Audubon will begin a monitoring and management scheme to reverse the declining trends in our birds.
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