The Appalachian mountain range is an important habitat for many species of migratory birds. Habitats along the Appalachian Trail are threatened by increasing development for recreation, transportation, and other infrastructure including wind energy and electric power distribution networks.
1. Monitor populations of high-elevation forest birds of the Northeastern U.S.
2. Explore interactions between mountain landscapes, habitats, and bird distribution and abundance
3. Guide conservation work in high-elevation forests
Trained volunteers collect data about mountain bird populations by conducting surveys along specified routes through high-elevation forest habitat. Data are used to study changes in mountain bird population levels
Mountain Birdwatch Background