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 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:

Let's work together and give birds a chance.

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Birds Across New England: The Audubon Regional Conservation Symposium

The premise of this symposium is simple: the more you know, the more you can do to help our birds. Our first symposium held on January 28, 2023, provided attendees with information on what is being done to save our birds and what obstacles stand in the way of conservation success.

The Avian Research Initiative Blog

Through donor support of any kind, Audubon can fulfill its mission of educating five-year-olds about the wonders of wildlife, managing habitat for declining pollinator species, or permanently protecting forests, fields, and wetlands, it is connecting its founding legacy to what lies ahead.

It's here! This comprehensive, but relatively easy-to-read publication, with its charts, maps and photos, is a wealth of information about breeding bird populations in the Ocean State. In the latest Newport this Week Nature in the Neighborhood installment, Audubon's Lauren Parmelee talks about the data collection process and summarizes some of the findings.

Each year in the United States, as many as 1 billion birds die from flying into windows. Help us understand which birds are dying & and where: monitor & report window strike deaths to the Audubon Society of RI this fall.