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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

Birds' lives are tough and their work is nonstop. The very least we can do to ensure their success is to make their jobs as easy as possible…by protecting habitats and resources critical to their needs.

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 spring.

On Sunday, February 4, Audubon hosted its second annual “Birds Across New England” regional conservation symposium. Read the event recap by Dr. Charles Clarkson, Director of the Audubon Avian Research Initiative and access the event recordings.

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