Study Songbirds in Yosemite Meadows – 2018

Data collected through bird banding in Yosemite is helping protect rare bird species.

Hundreds of bird species make their homes in Yosemite. Walk through a park meadow, and you might hear a warbler’s sweet song, a blackbird’s quick trill or the thrum of a hummingbird’s wings.

Birds seem ubiquitous in Yosemite, but like many animals, their populations are shifting. By studying songbirds, scientists can learn how drought, wildfires and other environmental factors affect birds and other animals. In 2018, park experts and youth interns will monitor birds at six sites, continuing an avian research program that has operated continuously since 1990, thanks to Conservancy donors. They will collect data on thousands of birds, with a continued focus on mapping the migratory patterns of the black-headed grosbeak, and engage the public in science and stewardship through hands-on bird-banding demonstrations.

Your contribution will support a respected research program that reveals valuable insights about Yosemite’s songbirds. 

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Project Notes
The Songbird Science program helps train field biologists and provides outreach to park visitors.

Over the years, Yosemite's songbird banding program has trained dozens of young field biologists, provided high-quality outreach to many hundreds of park vistiors, produced annual information on vital resources for park managers, and yielded six peer-reviewed papers about Yosemite birds.

Sarah Stock
Terrestrial Biologist
Yosemite National Park