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, Rosy-finches, and Hawaii’s finches. and if you have been enjoying all the blogs and identifying of Evening Grosbeak and Red Crossbill call types, redpoll subspecies and green morph Pine Siskins FiRN has helped with over the years, please think about supporting our efforts and making a small donation at the donate link below.
The address of the The Finch Research Network is 3762 State Route 41 Cincinnatus, NY, but please send any donations payable by check to PO Box 5431 Cortland, NY 13045. You can also email Matt Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 607-345-7713 to inquire more.
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. We’re also part of a Rosy-Finch working group, and this will be the fourth finch group (the Rosy-finch Project) that will be the focus in North America (the others will be the Red Crossbill, Evening Grosbeak and Hawaii Honeycreepers (aka Hawaii’s finches).
Summary of first two years:
In 2020 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 in February 2021 FiRN achieved 501c3 status and became an official nonprofit organization!
In the first two years the website has had over 2.5 million visits, we presented more than 50 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 65 blogs about finches, and placed nearly 50 Autonomous Recording Units for the monitoring of Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill and Hawaii Honeycreepers (aka Hawaii’s finches). And that was just in our first two years! Like we already have with the Evening Grosbeak, we hope to become even more directly involved with conservation efforts of Honeycreepers (aka Hawaii’s finches) in Hawaii as well.
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.
From February through April 2022, members of our team ventured into the field in Minnesota and northern Maine to study Evening Grosbeaks, color-banding 62 birds and deploying 13 satellite tags and 30 nanotags. From the 13 satellite tags we’ve already received over 700 positions transmitted, and a couple birds have moved to New Brunswick in preparation for the upcoming breeding season.
All this work is part of the Road to Recovery for the Evening Grosbeak, a species that is rapidly declining.
To keep you up to date on the latest research, news and blogs I’m inviting you to sign up for our email list : https://finchnetwork.org/subscribe.
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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