What are the Birds Telling Us? Fifty Years of Research at Manomet Bird Observatory
Long term studies based at Manomet Bird Observatory have let us follow the amazing migrations of the birds that pass through Massachusetts every spring and fall. Because they are such sensitive indicators of environmental change, we can document population trends, migration timing, and the already visible effects of rapid climate change. As we coordinate networks of volunteers and partners throughout the Americas, we have combined census data with banding, data logging tags and satellite transmitter data. This allows us to follow some species from as far north as Alaska and the Canadian Arctic to Central and South America. The conservation challenge is to hear what the birds are telling us, communicate the science, and teach the story – especially to the students of today, who will be the scientists and voters of tomorrow.