Wood Thrush on the Wintering Grounds

Wood Thrush
Ashok Khosla, www.seeingbirds.com

Wood Thrush

The Wood Thrush winters from southern Mexico south to Panama. Wood Thrush is one of the first species to be studied extensively on its wintering grounds, but there is still a lot to learn.

In February 2010, a group of concerned organizations convened a workshop to train Mexican and Central American biologists to generate information about Wood Thrush habitat use and survival on the wintering grounds based on standardized protocols. This workshop trained a cadre of biologists who can study Wood Thrush habitat use and survival as an indicator of a forest patch's value to wildlife.

The workshop launched an International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance. The Alliance currently consists of biologists from throughout the Western Hemisphere who are assembling critical information on Wood Thrush survival in the wintering grounds through the implementation of standardized protocols for which training was provided during the workshop. We firmly believe that the Wood Thrush can be used as an indicator species for a forest patch's value to wildlife, including both Neotropical and endemic forest bird species.

The formation of the Alliance is the first step in coordinating work in the Western Hemisphere for bird monitoring, habitat protection, forest management, landowner outreach, and environmental education that will benefit forest birds and other wildlife.

The organizations that currently make up the Alliance include ANCON (Panama), Belize Audubon Society, BirdLife International, Fundacion Cocibolca (Nicaragua), Fundaeco (Guatemala), Mesoamerican Partners in Flight, National Audubon Society (USA), Panama Audubon Society, Pronatura Sur (Mexico), Pronatura Veracruz, Pronatura Yucatan, Reserva Privada el Jaguar (Nicaragua), Proyecto Desarollo Pesquero Fonseca (Honduras), Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center (USA), The Institute for Bird Populations (USA), U.S. Forest Service, and Wildlife Conservation Society (Guatemala program).

For more information on the International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance, contact or donate to help support Audubon's International Alliances Program.