Birds bring joy to so many of us. Their beauty, their habits, their songs and calls are but a few of their characteristics that attract our attention. We cannot ignore that many species’ numbers are declining rapidly. There are Citizen Science Projects, like Project PROTHO at Francis Beidler Forest, in which you can participate so that you CAN make a difference. You can participate in your own backyard or go into the field to document your sightings. Binoculars and a good field guide are the only equipment necessary.
A priority species is one that is particularly threatened in terms of the species' long-term survival. All priority species have been selected through rigorous scientific analysis, and most represent a broad array of other birds and wildlife that use the same habitat type. Conservation focused on priority species is almost always focused on priority habitats as well. Audubon has identified 32 priority-bird species within the Atlantic Flyway.
For a complete list of Audubon's priority-bird species click here.