Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation

A Conservation Action Plan for Bicknell’s Thrush has just been published, setting a course of conservation and research for the next five years for the little brown songbird with the speckled breast and swirling song.

The plan is to increase the Thrush’s global population by 25% over the next 50 years.  The current population is 126,000 or fewer birds, which seems like a large population for a threatened species but apparently a small one for songbirds, suggests the International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group.

deforestationThe bird’s population has decreased by 15% in its breeding grounds in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in recent years.  Atmospheric pollution, climate change and loss or degradation of its forest habitats threatens it along its route and in its winter home in the Caribbean Greater Antilles.

The Conservation Action Plan’s focus is on partnering with timber companies and managers of public lands to preserve the Bicknell Thrush’s habitat, and conducting scientific research to monitor and predict the impacts on climate change on that habitat.  These actions will also benefit other migratory birds and animals living in the Bicknell’s Thrush’s range.


The Plan is on IBTCG’s website.

If you happen to see a Bicknell’s Thrush, add it to eBird, an online checklist program that is one of the largest and fastest growing biodiversity data resources around.

The IBTCG’s fourth annual meeting, together with the Black-capped Petrel Working Group, will be held in Santo Domingo, DR on November 2-4, 2010.  The meeting will focus on increasing the participation in conservation planning of Caribbean and North American partners for these two species and for all birds that migrate between the Caribbean and North America.

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