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Get the latest updates on the status of Rhode Island's birds from the Bird Research blog.

Do you have extra field guides on your shelves? Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Ocean State Bird Club, and Wild Birds Unlimited are partnering again – this time to collect gently used field guides for underserved youth in Rhode Island! Find a drop-off location.

Analysis of Acoustic Recording Unit data has commenced. A great deal of information is now available on our migrating and breeding birds.

In this Issue: Research updates and a synopsis of the 2022 State of the Birds Report. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Did you know that wildlife populations across the globe have declined by 68% since 1970? This simple solution can turn the tide in the battle to protect the dwindling bird population to create a safer ecosystem for all living creatures.

Over the course of September and October, fall migration surveys will take place across Audubon’s 14 publicly accessible refuges and we invite experienced birders to participate in data collection as well. With proper training and protocol, you can contribute meaningful data that will be helpful in the creation of our baseline dataset.

In this Issue: Research updates and a recap of the American Ornithological Society Conference. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Audubon has been monitoring the situation regarding Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). Recently, a number of dead shore- and seabirds have been found along the Rhode Island coast - testing has not yet confirmed the presence of HPAI in these birds. Join us on Wednesday, July 13th at 6 pm for a Town Hall with Dr. Charles Clarkson where he will provide an overview of HPAI, the impacts to date on bird populations, and the outlook for the fall migratory season. A Q&A period will follow the presentation. Click to read more.

In this Issue: A Reminder of Why We Do What We Do; Research Updates; Next Chapters; Citizen Science projects. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

With growing evidence that neonicotinoid insecticides impact so much more than their intended targets, it is incumbent on us to spend time and energy scrutinizing their use in our state.

The job of being a bird is arguably harder now than at any point in their long evolution and each and every one of us has the power to make a difference in the lives of birds - every day.

UPDATE: Nocturnal surveys wrapped up on April 20 across our 14 publicly accessible refuges. Data are still coming in, but to date a total of 25 owls, 1 nightjar (Common Nighthawk) and 1 American Woodcock were detected. Beginning in late-May we will begin surveying our properties for breeding birds.

In this Issue: Two new research initiatives coming to Audubon; and Nocturnal bird Surveys begin April 12. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

In this Issue: Avian Influenza update; upcoming nocturnal bird surveys; general program updates.
Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Winter surveys are coming to an end, but more work is ahead!

In this Issue: Conservation in Action (a thank you to volunteers); Updates on phase two of our winter bird surveys at Audubon wildlife refuges; and some preliminary data on phase one of the winter surveys.
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In this Issue: An update on the nonbreeding season data collection and coming this spring: nocturnal and breeding season surveys.
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On 1 January 2022, Audubon began collecting data across its refuge system on the wintering distribution of birds. As we approach the end of the first two weeks of field surveys, data are already rolling in from across our refuge complex.

In this Issue: Responsibility birds; a call for winter bird survey volunteers; and Citizen Science: The Era of Big Data. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Big conservation needs require big data sets.

Audubon begins a new chapter in avian research and conservation. | Cover story by Todd McLeish for the Fall 2021 Audubon Report Issue

Finding the relationship between birds and habitats is the first step in effective conservation.

In this Issue: Introductions to Audubon's Avian Research initiative and the Bird research blog; update on baseline data collections; and more! Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

Bird Research is underway at Audubon and the first talk on topics related to the conservation of our bird populations will be given on November 21, 2021 from 1 - 2:30pm at the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium located in Bristol.

With our new Bird Research Initiative, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island aims to ensure that our 9,500 acres provide birds with the resources they require to thrive in the face of habitat loss, climate change and a suite of other factors that are contributing to their decline.

Middletown resident Dr. Charles Clarkson has been appointed Director of Avian Research for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. In this new position, he will lead efforts in developing research programs to protect birds, other wildlife, and their habitats on Audubon protected properties and other natural spaces in Rhode Island.

More Audubon News and Blog Posts

As fall turns to winter, most Warblers have left Rhode Island for warmer climates. But there is one that returns to our state in large numbers this time of year due to their unique ability to switch their diets with the seasons.

Do you have extra field guides on your shelves? Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Ocean State Bird Club, and Wild Birds Unlimited are partnering again – this time to collect gently used field guides for underserved youth in Rhode Island! Find a drop-off location.

Broadway in Newport is a busy place, but not just on the road or in the shops. In this installment of the Newport This Week Nature in the Neighborhood series, Audubon Senior Director of Education Lauren Parmelee talks about the birds she sees in her backyard in Newport.