Focal Birds

In addition to the hundreds of bird species we will record and photograph during the project, ‘Voices of a Flyway’ will specifically highlight a focal songbird species in each of the 6 major ecosystems we visit. These species were selected on the basis of their conservation status (as per Partners in Flight), while also highlighting an array of additional species and song diversity. Partners in Flight’s established ‘Continental Concern Score’ ranges from 1-20, with a score over 13 indicating a species on their ‘Red List’ or of greatest concern due to human activity.

Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus)

  • Ecosystem: Coastal Plains
  • Conservation Score: 14/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via sea level rise and land subsidence, Oil pollution, Hurricanes


Bachman’s Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis)

  • Ecosystem: Piney Woods
  • Conservation Score: 16/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via timber management and fire suppression

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)

  • Ecosystem: Bottomland Hardwood Forest
  • Conservation Score: 14/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via flood control, timber management, and agriculture

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)

  • Ecosystem: Temperate Deciduous Forest
  • Conservation Score: 14/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via forest fragmentation, Cat predation, Brood parasitism, White-Tailed Deer

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus)

  • Ecosystem: Tallgrass Prairie
  • Conservation Score: 14/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via agriculture, Pesticides

Winter Wren (Troglodytes hiemalis)

  • Ecosystem: Boreal Forest
  • Conservation Score: 8/20
  • Threats: Habitat loss via timber management, Climate change