• Photo by Bryan Watts
  • Photo by Bryan Watts

Bird Migration

CCB is a leader in conservation research involving bird migration

Populations of many migratory birds depend not only on places to breed and spend the winter but also on the quality and continued availability of habitats along migration routes.  The importance of identifying and protecting these non-breeding habitats has been recognized by conservation organizations throughout the world and represents a formidable international conservation challenge.  CCB continues to be a leader in migration research.

The broad objectives of our research program are to determine
1) the location of migratory pathways,
2) the resource and habitat requirements of birds in passage and
3) the ecological role that geographic areas play in the lifecycle of migrant species.

Flock of whimbrel flying over Boxtree Creek

Whimbrel flying over Boxtree Creek on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, heading north to their Arctic breeding grounds. Photo by Alex Lamoreaux.