Scientists who have spent decades trying to reverse the broad decline of migratory birds in the Americas converged by the hundreds last month in Snowbird, Utah, to seek solutions to the threats migratory birds are facing at northern breeding grounds, southern wintering grounds, and numerous migration stopovers.
The pivotal August 25–28 meeting of the bird conservation partnership, Partners in Flight (PIF), looked at progress in the struggle to conserve critical habitats, launch new conservation efforts, and form new alliances to conserve birds throughout the Americas. The meeting included members of over 100 organizations from 16 countries across North, Central, and South America.
George Fenwick, President of American Bird Conservancy, says the meeting could affect the fate of several of the most rapidly declining migratory bird species found in the Western Hemisphere. “The stakes are quite high,” said Fenwick. “Many migratory birds are far less common than they were in the early 1990s, when the effort to reverse these broad declines was launched. This is true in part because the details surrounding the migration of many of these birds has been a mystery until recently—and that have made it difficult to take corrective actions.”