Dozens of species of landbirds, such as warblers, hummingbirds, and orioles, migrate through the Northeastern United States from their summer breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada to their nonbreeding grounds as far south as South America. During the migration period, birds must find habitat where they can stop, rest and replenish their energy reserves. Conservation efforts are increasingly focused on identifying stopover sites that are important for sustaining migratory landbird populations. This project builds upon prior work by the University of Delaware and USGS to use weather surveillance data and field surveys to map and predict important migratory bird stopover sites.
This project was co-funded by through several U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs, including the National Wildlife Refuge System, the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Migratory Birds, and state programs of Maryland and Virginia. In-kind contributions from NASA and the U.S. Geological Society made this project possible.