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 Eastern Towhee by Sharlene Allen 

Bird Research 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. We have instituted a new scientific research program, led by Dr. Charles Clarkson, our new Director of Avian Research, to usher in a new era for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

We will focus on the collection of robust data that will enable us to establish a baseline across the Audubon refuge complex, we will form cooperative relationships on the regional scale to ensure that what we do in Rhode Island benefits birds throughout New England, and we will institute monitoring programs to continue data collection for decades to come.  We are dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources, particularly our birds.

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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.

Joining with concerned environmental and scientific organizations across the country, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island recommends the cessation of bird feeding at this time. If homeowners are unable or unwilling to stop feeding birds, efforts should be made to clean feeders regularly to reduce transmission risk. Should you encounter any wild birds that appear sick, please discontinue feeding immediately. Dead and dying wild birds should be reported to the RI Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish and Wildlife of by calling 401-789-0281. Click to read more.

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.