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Part I: Breeding and Overwintering
Released January 2023 at our first Birds Across New England Regional Conservation Symposium. Click here to watch Dr. Charles Clarkson introduce the report!
This report summarizes the data collected across the Audubon Society of Rhode Island’s 14 publicly accessible Refuges between the periods of 1 January 2022
and 1 November 2022.
Greater than 1/3 of all birds found breeding on Audubon Refuges are experiencing long-term population decline. Only 1/4 of all species are showing signs of long-term increases in population. Overwintering species are faring only slightly better, with just under 1/3 exhibiting declining population trends. Still, only 1/4 of populations are increasing over the long-term.
A total of 9 species were selected as “Responsibility Birds”. These species will receive additional monitoring to determine the steps Audubon can take to mitigate current population declines and promote local and regional population growth.
Part II: Migration
Released May 2023
The Audubon “State of Our Birds Report Part II” begins to pull together the information needed to better understand when birds move across Audubon wildlife refuges, what they need to fuel their journeys, and how Audubon can best manage protected properties to bring their populations back.
The report also highlights the challenges that birds face through phenological mismatch: as climate change increases the unpredictability of weather events, birds that have timed their migratory movements over thousands of generations to coincide with gradual spring warming or fall senescence are finding themselves out-of-phase with the plant and insect communities they rely on. This phenological mismatch is leading to avian population declines, particularly with those species that undergo long-distance migration. Examples of these species that are commonly spotted in Rhode Island are the Gray Catbird, Ovenbird, Common Yellowthroat, American Goldfinch, and Wood Thrush.
Proactive Conservation: Managing Audubon Properties for Bird Populations
Lecture with Dr. Charles Clarkson, Director of Avian Research
Join Dr. Charles Clarkson and learn about the new baseline data set that has been collected across Audubon properties, and how the organization will begin conservation efforts to bring back declining bird populations.
In the News
Audubon Releases a Sobering Report on Declining Bird Populations - Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Rhode Island in Danger of Losing ‘Our Birds’ - EcoRI News
Many bird species are declining in R.I. — here are 9 that researchers will keep an eye on - Boston Globe
The Audubon Society of RI released a report on birds in the state. The results aren't good - Providence Journal
RI Audubon Society reports declines in bird populations - WPRI 12 News
Rhode Island bird numbers are in decline – but there’s work that can be done - The Valley Breeze
Audubon leads charge for answers on declining bird population - East Bay Newspapers
It's Our Responsibility - Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Audubon RI's State of Our Birds Report Is Not Good...How You Can Help - B101
The State of Our Birds Report - East Providence Reporter Today
Audubon Unveils The State of Our Birds Report Part II: Migration - Audubon Society of Rhode Island
Audubon Report: Studying Birds’ Migration Patterns Key to Reversing Population Declines - EcoRI News
The Audubon Society of Rhode Island Unveils The State of Our Birds Report Part II - Reporter Today
RI habitat is crucial for migrating birds — what Audubon says must be done to save them - Providence Journal
The State of Our Birds Part II: Migration - Audubon Society of Rhode Island