Rhode Island is a heavily used state by southbound migrants. Understanding why is critical to creating meaningful and impactful conservation measures. Our Migration Atlas samples habitat across the state throughout the fall in an effort to understand how birds moving south use RI as stopover habitat.
To date, nearly 50-500m transects have been established in the state. Data from these transect sites are collected every 2-3 days during the peak period of fall migration. When paired with NEXRAD radar reflectivity data, this information can tell us why some areas of RI are important for migrants while others are not. Developing a more holistic picture of our state is essential to understanding how our land management decisions impact birds throughout the year.