• ProjectsCaribbeanForest Bird ResearchBicknell’s Thrush Winter EcologyResults

    Key Findings from Bicknell's Thrush Winter Ecology Studies



    1994-97 Bicknell’s Thrush distribution and habitat use study in the wintering grounds.

    1997-2007 Intensive mid-winter demographic monitoring of BITH and other montane forest birds in Sierra de Bahoruco; includes training of local biologists.

    1998-99 BITH surveys conducted in Blue and John Crow Mts of Jamaica.

    1999 Yves Aubry initiated surveys in Cuba in 1999 with local collaborators Alejandro Llanes from the Instituto de Ecologia y Sistematica and Arturo Kirkconnell from the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, both in La Havana.

    2001-07 BITH sexual habitat selection and overwinter ecology research (Jason Townsend PhD work)

    2001-07 Collection of mercury samples from Bicknell’s Thrush on Hispaniola and Cuba. Thrushes found to have 3x more mercury in winter grounds compared to breeding sites.

    2004-07 Bicknell’s Thrush surveys conducted in two protected areas of Haiti (Macaya and La Visite). Thrushes found in broadleaf forest fragments at mid- and high elevations

    2005 eBird Caribbean started to collect observations of Bicknell’s Thrush and other birds using crowd-sourced website.  

    2008-2010 VCE coordinates field training workshops for Hispaniolan and Cuban conservation partners in Vermont and the DR (Cordillera Septentrional and Sierra de Bahoruco)

    2009-present VCE joins Vermont partner AgRefresh and multiple Dominican partners to initiate a Payment for Ecosystems Services project focused on BITH, water quality, and carbon banking in the eastern Cordillera Septentrional