International Road to Recovery

With a 92% decline since 1970, evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) was cited as the steepest declining landbird in the continental United States and Canada in the Partners in Flight 2016 Landbird Conservation Plan. Causes for the decline are not fully understood, but may be a result of several factors including spruce budworm (Choristoneura spp.) population cycles, forest alteration and loss, collision and disease mortalities, and climate change factors. Following several conservation listings, evening grosbeak has garnered conservation attention from the recently formed Road to Recovery (R2R) Initiative as it was called out as one of 91 bird Species on the Brink of Endangerment. To donate click above.


Finch Species


Red Listed
Finch Species


Endangered or Extinct Finch Species

Hawaii’s Finches


The iconic finches of Hawai‘i are facing a conservation crisis. Non-native predators, the loss of habitat, and invasive species have negatively affected them for hundreds of years, and these issues continue to be problematic, but it’s the introduced avian malaria that is the greatest threat to their survival. Climate change leading to increased temperatures has further exacerbated the situation in the high-elevation forests, facilitating the spread of malaria into areas that were once largely free of the disease. Four Hawaiian honeycreeper species have been pushed to the edge of extinction and are in need of your help: the endangered ‘akikiki (Oreomystis bairdi) and ‘akeke‘e (Loxops caeruleirostris) on Kaua‘i Island, and kiwikiu (Pseudonestor xanthophrys) and ‘ākohekohe (Palmeria dolei) on Maui Island.


Mission: Dedicated to the study and conservation of finches and their habitats globally.

The Network: We want FiRN to be about you, and about the community and network of people that might want to be involved in a global research network interested in observing and studying finches. We hope to fund student projects in time. “The Crossbill Project” will be the flagship project of FiRN. We officially launched FiRN around Tyler Hoar’s Winter Finch Forecast September 20, 2020, and we hope to have as many of you, finch enthusiasts, hop on board and join in on the fun. It’s all about engaging with nature and the network!

ALL THE LATEST NEWS: Stay Tuned for the Winter Finch Forecast around Sept 26

The Crossbill Project and Call Recognition Model

Purpose is to provide a stable, long-term home for Red Crossbill research over a broad front: call recognition, field observations, recordings, assortative mating and call type delineation by sound and range. Provide information to the scientific community on the validity of call types and potential full-species separations for flight call types, geographically isolated populations (old world versus new world) etc. One purpose would be to serve as arbiters of flight call determination via audiospectrographic analysis. We are also using machine learning algorithms to develop tools for detecting North American Red Crossbill flight calls in audio recordings and classifying them to call type. The tools will be continually improved to accelerate research and teach citizen scientists about crossbill ecology.





  • Tyler Hoar and Ron Pittaway | Finch Forecast
  • Weston Barker |FiRN Art
  • Amur Bird Project
  • Lillian Stokes | Stokes Field Guides
  • Nathan Pieplow | Earbirding
  • Lance Benner | Pasadena Audubon
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Jeff Groth | American Museum of Natural History
  • Jamie Cornelius | Oregon State
  • Thomas P. Hahn | UC Davis
  • Mark Robbins | U. Kansas
  • David Lindo | The Urban Birder
  • David Hines, M.D.
  • Craig Benkman | University of Wyoming

Art Work by Weston Barker



🎉 At BirdLife’s World Congress, we celebrated how our story began 100 years ago, all while wearing these 5 new designs, which we have now added to our shop!

🐤 With free UK postage this weekend, you can celebrate 100 years of BirdLife with us.

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🦜 Help others learn and share your passion for birding!

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🐤 Right now, many migratory birds are returning to Africa for a much-deserved rest after the intensive activity of the breeding season.

☀️ Here’s a glimpse into what they got up to over the spring and summer!



The 2022 Waterbird Society Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching and the deadline for receiving the discounted hotel rate at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel is September 30!

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We're hiring a Sr. Climate Associate (remote) on the science team @audubonsociety! Geoprocessing and spatial data analysis skills a plus. You'll also be working closely with @ZipkinLab researchers on an awesome @NSF funded bird project! 🐦
EARLY VIEW in @IBIS_journal

Using photographic records to quantify accuracy of bird identifications in citizen science data |

@FabriGorleri Emilio A. Jordan, Ignacio Roesler, Diego Monteleone, Juan I. Areta | #ornithology
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🗣️They argued that they were not properly consulted and that the extractive activities could threaten their way of life.

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