Conservation Science

Conserving birds and biodiversity in the 21st Century is a complex endeavor that requires innovative science and technology, a detailed understanding of ecological and social systems, and the ability to implement sustainable solutions at global and local scales.

  • A Blackburnian Warbler in a coffee bush. Photos by Guillermo Santos.

    Scientific Discovery

    We conduct interdisciplinary research around the world to understand the threats and actions needed to protect priority systems and species, and the ways to work with people to achieve conservation.

  • Tricolored Blackbird by NIgel Voaden, ML https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/46575431

    Science to Action

    Bridging the gap between science and action, we bring information to decision-makers, practitioners, and partners to achieve landscape-scale conservation for ecosystems and birds, such as the Golden-winged Warbler.

  • Cornell University economist Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera lectures to a class at the De Los Andes Cooperativa. Photo: Guillermo Santos.

    Partnerships and Capacity-Building

    With partners across the hemisphere, we share expertise and build capacity to apply science, monitor bird populations, and implement solutions that protect biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.

  • An overhead view of land conserved by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy. Photo credit: IRLC http://www.birds.cornell.edu/landtrust/indian-river-lakes-conservancy/

    Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative

    We provide resources, tools, and funding opportunities to help land trusts amplify the protection and stewardship of birds and habitats across the 47 million acres protected by land trusts nationwide.

  • Snow Geese by Marky Mutchler https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/103511171

    Bird and Biodiversity Monitoring

    Working with partners across the Western hemisphere, we develop integrated bird monitoring programs to advance quantifiable, targeted conservation outcomes.

  • Neotropical flyways, Pathways and silhouettes by Chloe Lam.

    Full Annual and Life Cycle Conservation

    To better understand the distribution and ecology of migratory birds as they move across hemispheres, we study their full life cycles using innovative field, technological, and computational studies.

  • Western Sandpiper by Susan Schalbe via Birdshare, https://flic.kr/p/ofaexU

    Coastal Solutions Program

    Shorebird declines represent the number one avian conservation crisis in the world today, and to stem the tide, it is imperative to protect and restore these interconnected coastal habitats. The Coastal Solutions Fellows Program addresses the shorebird crisis.

  • Colombia landscape, in coffee story, photo by Guillermo Santos.

    Conservation in Human-Dominated Landscapes

    We work to identify and incentivize creative ways to sustain biodiversity, protect critical ecosystem services, and support human health and well-being within human-dominated landscapes, including cities and working lands.

  • Eastern Meadowlark by Nick Pulcinella, https://flic.kr/p/HBS1M4

    Policy and Management

    To ensure the best science is used in conservation decision-making, we help produce influential syntheses of scientific data such as the State of the Birds report and Partners in Flight conservation plans.

Conservation Science director Amanda Rodewald discusses how shade-grown coffee helps birds and biodiversity.

Program Staff

Photo Credits:

Blackburnian Warbler by Guillermo Santos; Tricolored Blackbird by Nigel Voaden/Macaulay Library; Juan Nicolás Hernandez-Aguilera lectures to a class at the De Los Andes Cooperativa, by Guillermo Santos; Indian River Lakes Conservancy, by IRLC; Snow Geese by Marky Mutchler/Macaulay Library; Neotropical flyways illustration by Chloe Lam; Western Sandpiper by Susan Schalbe via Birdshare; Colombia landscape by Guillermo Santos; Eastern Meadowlark by Nick Pulcinella via Birdshare.

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