The Birds That Are Helping Save Their Own Species

Blackpoll warblers wearing geolocator backpacks are revealing where they rest during migration

Today, 37 percent of all North American bird species are considered at risk of extinction if urgent conservation action isn’t taken.

In June 2016, our team captured and fitted 120 birds with geolocator backpacks. A year later, we located 20 of them and the data we recovered revealed an astonishing journey.

Migratory birds face threats at all stages of their annual life cycle, including from habitat loss, collisions with buildings, and cat predation. To help them we need to better understanding their migration routes.

WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature.

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