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January 2022

The Audubon Bird Research Email Newsletter provides you with monthly updates outlining the work we are doing as part of the scientific research initiative at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. You will also receive emails when we are in need of volunteers for projects. Suggestions and questions regarding the newsletter can be sent to Dr. Charles Clarkson, Audubon Director of Avian Research,

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Nonbreeding Season Data Collection Update

On 1 January 2022, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island initiated a monitoring program across its publicly accessible refuges to collect a baseline data set of the winter distribution and abundance of birds. Using field protocol similar to that deployed by the recently completed statewide Bird Atlas, over 60 volunteers have signed-on to aid in data collection. Concurrent with volunteer surveys, point counts are being conducted across the same refuges by Audubon staff. These two sources of data will ultimately be used to inform management and monitoring across our properties.

This early in the game, data analysis is not possible. We can, however, monitor progress and look at how things are shaping up. To date, six of our refuges have been surveyed by volunteers and a total of 580 individual birds have been counted, representing 41 species. Meanwhile, point counts have detected a total of 642 individuals across 43 different species.

Nocturnal and Breeding Season Surveys

Blog: Bird Research at Audubon

From the start, the decline in the bird population (revealed from multiple international studies) was a given. From there, the Audubon initiative was launched as a fact-finding mission, to go in and find out more about how the Audubon Society of Rhode Island could help species in decline.

Audubon unveils its first comprehensive report offering a full accounting of the current status and conservation actions for birds breeding and overwintering on Audubon Wildlife Refuges.

In this Issue: Data analysis updates and The Audubon Regional Conservation Symposium. Click here to subscribe to the Audubon bird research email newsletter!

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