Wood Thrush

Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina)

Next Steps:

The workshop was the first step towards the formation of an International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance for coordinating work in the Western Hemisphere for bird monitoring, habitat protection, forest management, landowner outreach, and environmental education to benefit forest birds and other wildlife. To continue the momentum that has been started through this workshop, the participants of the Alliance identified several next steps for the advancement of Wood Thrush conservation over the course of the next research season. They are as follows:

  • Develop a simple manual that describes the technical protocols for the study of Wood Thrush in the tropics.
  • Implement the Tier 1 Wood Thrush study protocols at a minimum of 6 MoSI sites in Central America or southern Mexico in the 2010-2011 winter field season.
  • Implement the Tier 2 Wood Thrush study protocols at a minimum of 6 other sites in Central America or southern Mexico in the 2010-2011 winter field season.
  • Place 30 geolocators on Wood Thrush at each of 3 sites spread evenly through the wintering range of the species from southern Mexico to Panama to help understand connectivity of the breeding and wintering sites.
  • Conduct an intensive territory mapping and survival exercise for Wood Thrush using radiotelemetry in Veracruz, Mexico, and two sites in Central America. Compare Tier 1, Tier 2, and telemetry (the most intensive) results to be sure that all are useful and can be compared to develop a full picture of Wood Thrush survival.
  • Conduct a follow-up workshop at the Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation in Costa Rica in November 2010.
    • Engage additional Central American biologists who study birds and would like to be engaged in the International Wood Thrush Conservation Alliance.
    • Demonstrate the protocols developed for the study of Wood Thrush on the wintering grounds.
    • Outline and coordinate the 2010-2011 studies that will be led by the Alliance.
    • Report on information gathered in the 2010 workshop.
  • Supply equipment to 6 sites in Central America - 1 site per country for 2010-2011 - and 3 sites in Mexico that would allow for the studies to be conducted.
  • Collect the information gathered in a central system that can easily be accessed to help inform conservation action.
  • Co-host a workshop in Southern Mexico to understand how Audubon's Forest Stewardship Program (or elements of it) could be applied with partner organizations in tropical forests. This workshop would also be an opportunity to gain greater institutional support for the Alliance and engage a different set of stakeholders.
  • Promote and develop linkage relationships throughout the hemisphere using the Wood Thrush (e.g. Panama and Vermont, North Carolina and Nicaragua, Veracruz and Costa Rica).
    • Use geolocator results to determine best connections between breeding state and provinces and wintering countries
    • Sustain the linkages through periodic telephone calls, e-mail listserves, and educational programs such as the Smithsonian's Bridging of the Americas.
  • Develop a conservation plan for the Wood Thrush using information collected from all of the participating organizations.  
  • Jointly develop proposals that would help generate support to conduct the research and conservation outlined in the plan.