Rapid Conservation Assessments

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We send our scientists on short expeditions into potentially imperiled and ​important field sites to evaluate the state of the forested ecosystems. These rapid assessments provide scientific information that can guide effective decision-making about immediate conservation concerns.

For over 20 years our scientists have traveled to a variety of bird biodiversity hotspots that were thought to be under severe environmental threats. Our assessments, lasting from just a few days to weeks, help to spawn awareness and galvanize action. From remote mountains of Haiti to the arid lowlands of eastern Dominican Republic, they've flown, driven, and trekked miles to reach these unique places.

Rainforest in the mountains of Hispaniola is the preferred habitat of Bicknell's Thrush.

Rainforest in the mountains of Hispaniola is the preferred habitat of Bicknell’s Thrush.

In order for data from biodiversity surveys to contribute to conservation, it is essential to get the results out to the decision makers. Our biologists publish their findings not only in scientific journals and reports, but also through documents that will reach decision-makers and the general public.