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are uniquely sensitive to the conditions of specific habitats. When
habitats suffer, bird populations can decline or disappear.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology conducts critical research to identify and
forecast where birds occur and where they need habitat most. Partners
rely on our actionable science to make key conservation decisions.
Cornell Lab plays a pivotal role in the BirdReturns program providing
temporary habitat for shorebirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. We
use data from citizen-science participants to
forecast where shorebirds
would be most abundant in California’s Central Valley. Our partner, The
Nature Conservancy in California, incentivizes rice farmers to flood
their fields with inches of irrigation water at just the right time for
has provided more than 30,000 acres of “pop-up” habitat used by nearly
60 species of shorebirds and other waterbirds since spring 2014—during
the worst drought in California history.