Wood Thrushes Connect Bird Lovers Across Borders

(Susan Matthews, October 2015)
A crowd-funded geotagging project helped researchers figure out where these birds spend their lives.

It’s hard to protect a bird’s habitat when you don’t know where it lives half of its life. And the Wood Thrush needs all the help it can get—the species’ population has declined by about two percent each year since 1966, according to Breeding Bird Survey data, leading conservation scientist Peter Marra to fear that the Wood Thrush will be “the next passenger pigeon.”

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