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New Report Documents Severe Threats to Core Bicknell's Thrush Winter Habitats

New findings reported by IBTCG partner Grupo Jaragua present a disturbing picture of severe, unchecked broadleaf forest loss within the Dominican Republic's Sierra de Bahoruco National Park. Read Jaragua's detailed report, which was funded by a grant from the Bicknell's Thrush Habitat Protection Fund. Read report »

A New Approach to Protecting a Rare Songbird

October 22, 2012

LAKE PLACID, NY – Launching a new effort to protect the rare Bicknell’s Thrush, an alliance of North American scientists and conservationists is taking the unusual step of funding a team of Dominican biologists to work in the migratory songbird’s Caribbean wintering habitat. The Bicknell’s Thrush Habitat Protection Fund at the Adirondack Community Trust has awarded a $5,000 grant to Grupo Jaragua, whose biologists will study the thrush in forested mountains on the Dominican Republic’s border with Haiti. The grant recognizes a need to protect the songbird across its entire range, particularly in its threatened winter destinations. “The Bicknell’s Thrush has two homes – one here in North America and the other in the Caribbean Basin,” said Chris Rimmer, executive director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, a research group working to conserve the thrush. “Our efforts to protect this vulnerable songbird can’t stop at the water’s edge. We need to concentrate our work where the threats are most severe and imminent.” More »

Saving a Rare Songbird – Hemispheric Conservation Plan for Bicknell’s Thrush

White River Junction, VT – An international conservation group today unveiled a plan to protect one of North America’s most rare and vulnerable songbirds, the Bicknell’s thrush, across its entire range from Canada to the Caribbean. More »