Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have launched "Science to Action," a partnership aimed at reversing decades of population declines for migratory birds in the Americas. Bringing together the Cornell Lab's cutting-edge science and ABC's on-the-ground approach to bird conservation, this joint effort represents new hope for hundreds of declining species that journey each spring and fall between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean.
As the most recent “State of North America's Birds” report makes starkly clear, fully one-third of our continent's bird species will require concerted conservation efforts to ensure their future. The ABC and Cornell Lab partnership will provide a unified voice for bird conservation. It will focus on how new data and conservation tools can be harnessed to enhance conservation of migratory birds across their breeding and wintering grounds, as well as stopover sites in between. For more go to https://abcbirds.org and www.birds.cornell.edu.
Together the partners will:
• Leverage data and resources from the Cornell Lab to refine and prioritize ABC's conservation strategies, including ABC BirdScapes, which are landscape-scale areas critically important to targeted bird species.
• Identify and develop conservation strategies for key migratory stopovers. Researchers are learning that the success of migration may hinge on just two or three stopovers located strategically along the migration route for each species. Conservation of these stopover sites is crucial.
• Use citizen-science data from eBird to help monitor and evaluate the success of ABC reserves and projects – the "Did it work?" part of ABC's conservation efforts.
• Provide scientific support for Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, and leadership for conservation alliances such as Partners in Flight and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative's “State of the Birds” reports.