Smithsonian studies the migratory habits and population decline of migratory birds.
Migratory songbirds have experienced some of the steepest declines: Of the birds lost, 90% belong to 12 bird families, including sparrows, warblers, finches and swallows. These birds are essential to healthy ecosystems, yet they increasingly face a constellation of threats, ranging from habitat loss to climate change to building collisions.
Recent Smithsonian studies using miniaturized tracking technologies, together with advances in breeding migratory birds in human care, are shedding light on how we can save these vulnerable species. While scientists work against the clock to reverse long-term population declines, they are hopeful that—with the right data-driven conservation strategies—migratory birds can rebound and thrive.
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