Migratory Bird Tracking
The majority of birds we see in Massachusetts do not spend the entire year here. When they leave our borders they are subject to a broad spectrum of pressures, many of which are poorly understood. It is therefore imperative that we gain better knowledge of the stresses birds face during the breeding (for many of our wintering ducks and shorebirds), migration, and overwintering periods if we truly want to conserve our bird populations. Mass Audubon is working to track individual movements through several projects.
Mass Audubon is working to protect snowy owls, the largest owls in North America. Norman Smith, Director of Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum, has been studying them since 1981. As part of his research, he attaches bands and transmitters to snowy owls at Logan Airport, and then tracks their travels.
Since 2004, Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, with the essential support of volunteers and partner organizations, annually monitors the breeding activity of 80 pairs of osprey on nearly 100 nesting platforms in Westport and Dartmouth, MA. Learn More
The Joppa Flats Education Center established its Bird Banding Station on Plum Island, part of the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, in May 1998. The station, located in Newbury, Massachusetts, is designed to monitor migratory passerines (songbirds) during spring and fall migrations. Learn More