Most birds don’t stay put. They migrate, often thousands of miles a year. To conserve migratory birds, we must understand where they live across their full annual life cycle. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies uses technologies, such as geolocators, stable isotopes and satellite transmitters, to track birds’ migration. That way, we can discover where they spend the winter, as well as key stopover sites along the journey.
This research includes, but is not limited to, investigations on the migrations of:
- Baird’s Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows breeding in the northern Great Plains
- Mountain Plovers breeding in western Nebraska
- Western Tanagers and Swainson’s Thrushes breeding in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Ospreys breeding in central Colorado
- Golden Eagles breeding in Colorado and western Nebraska
- Black Swifts breeding in Colorado