Audubon Science

A Spotted Tohee is released back into the wild at an Audubon Rockies Event. Photo: Timothy Rockhold

Audubon Science

Audubon is about the birds, and the birds need sound science to influence education and policy. 

New tools and resources are amplifying the impact and influence of Audubon’s scientific work and driving conservation impact. These include the adoption of an adaptive management tool, the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation, for conservation planning and implementation. Using this results-driven methodology throughout the Audubon network will make us more agile and nimble, and support a continuous improvement model of assessment and refinement. 

Important Bird Areas 

Science is the foundation of Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program. As partner of BirdLife International, we use science to identify, assess, and monitor the most essential habitat for birds. These sites help us focus our conservation efforts where they are most needed.
Click here to read about our IBA program 

Climate Change 

By increasing our use of GIS-based modeling, Audubon can provide clear pictures of changes in bird abundance and distributions through space and time. It enables us to predict the impacts of climate change on particular species or habitats—and design conservation approaches that will mitigate them. 

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