FiRN is a nonprofit, and has been granted 501c3 status. FiRN is committed to researching and protecting these birds and other threatened finch species like the Evening Grosbeak and Rosy-finches, and if you have been enjoying all the blogs and identifying of Red Crossbill call types, redpoll subspecies and green morph Pine Siskins FiRN has helped with the past year, please think about supporting our efforts and making a small donation at the donate link below.

We plan to fund student projects that will have a focus on field work and getting people outdoors. We have already been collaborated with Western Pennsylvania Land Conservancy, Powdermill Avian Nature Reserve, and Carnegie Museum of Natural History on the wintering Evening Grosbeak Project. We’ve been discussing a few different areas of focus regarding research on Red Crossbills as well, one specific area that is already ongoing is putting out ARU’s (autonomous recording units) across North America to collect additional call type data. And lastly, we’re in the beginning stages of being part of a Rosy-Finch working group, and this will be the third finch group (the Rosy-finch Project) that will be the focus in North America (the other two will be the Red Crossbill and Evening Grosbeak species complexes).

Summary of first year:

Last year we launched the Finch Research Network (FiRN), which is dedicated to the study and conservation of finches and their habitats globally. I am proud to announce that this past February FiRN achieved 501c3 status and became an official nonprofit organization!

The launch of FiRN was quite successful! The website has had over 1 million visits, we presented more than 25 programs for various bird and nature-oriented groups, supported the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program for an Evening Grosbeak (species of special concern) Winter tracking project, as well as a Rosy-Finch working group, published more than 40 blogs about finches, and placed nearly 40 Autonomous Recording Units for the monitoring of Evening Grosbeak and Red Crossbill populations across North America. And that was just our first year!!! In addition to the continuation of these projects, in the near future we hope to become involved with conservation efforts of Honeycreepers in Hawaii, funding student research projects and even more.  

To keep you up to date on the latest research, news and blogs I’m inviting you to sign up for our email list :  

Thank you so much for your love of finches and I look forward to your support as we continue to grow the Finch Research Network!
Warm Regards, Matthew A. Young

Founder & Board President Finch Research Network

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