Alabama Audubon’s Science & Conservation Department works on a variety of bird- and habitat-related research projects at locations throughout the state. Much of our current focus is on banding and migratory studies, especially on the Gulf Coast and in the Alabama Black Belt region. You can read more about a few of those projects below.
American Oystercatcher Movement in the Northern Gulf
In 2019 we began banding American oystercatchers in an effort to understand more about this species’ movements and survival rate, both in Alabama and across the northern Gulf Coast. We banded four chicks in 2019, one of which was re-sighted along the Florida panhandle several months later. These data provided our first insight into the dispersal of juvenile oystercatchers from their natal grounds here in the state. We plan to band more adults and chicks over the next few years.
Oystercatchers are listed as a highest conservation concern in the state, so this research can help us to make informed decisions for the species’ management in Alabama, while also contributing to conservation efforts across the northern gulf.
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship
In 2023, we will be starting a new Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) banding station in Birmingham. MAPS is a continent-wide effort used to estimate productivity, recruitment, and survival of various bird species.
Want to learn more about our scientific work? Interested in joining our Community Science Corps?
Email the Science & Conservation Director.
Oystercatcher photo courtesy Ezra Thompson.