Partners conduct bird banding activities. Photo: Amy Johnson
The Wood Thrush is perhaps the most well-studied, Neotropical migrant songbird in eastern North America. We have deep knowledge of its breeding ecology and habitat requirements, and basic knowledge of migration behavior and overwinter ecology. Yet, the species continues to decline. Why? The answer is that science alone cannot save any species. Science must be translated into conservation actions that overcome the causes for population decline. Making conservation happen comes down to three fundamental steps:
Conducting full annual cycle science to understand where and why populations are being limited;
Translating science into recovery strategies; and
Implementing those strategies at meaningful scales.
The International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance is dedicated to making substantive progress toward each of those steps on behalf of Wood Thrush and associated forest birds. Examples of this include landscape-scale studies on the impact of over-browsing by white-tailed deer, GPS-tag studies aimed at better understanding migration and winter ecology, development and implementation of breeding ground Best Management Practices, and promotion of sustainable forestry practices such as shade-grown coffee in Latin America.