Avian Reintroduction, Ecostudies Institute

Wildlife reintroductions have become an important conservation tool around the world. Conservation practitioners turn to reintroduction when the factors that led to a species’ extirpation have been eliminated or reduced, yet natural recolonization does not occur.

Although substantial progress has been made in the field of reintroduction biology, significant information gaps remain. For example, most avian reintroductions have focused on raptor and game birds; passerine reintroductions are rare, in part because most species are short-lived and potentially more vulnerable to stress in captive situations.

Western Bluebird in the Pacific Northwest

Ecostudies Institute is working to reestablish breeding populations of the migratory Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) in the Pacific Northwest using a combined program of reintroduction, population monitoring, and outreach.

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