Mountains are a rugged and ancient feature of the northeastern landscape, yet mountain ecosystems are among the most sensitive indicators of environmental change. High-elevation habitats are often more susceptible than lowlands to the effects of climate change, atmospheric pollution, and adverse land use practices. Since they are simultaneously durable and fragile, mountains constitute a symbol of our strength and a gauge of our vulnerability.
The small size and isolation of mountaintops impose constraints on birds as well as biologists. VCE has long overcome the practical difficulties of high-elevation bird research with the help of collaborators, volunteers, and our own determination to unravel the mysteries of these amazing birds.