Mangrove Cuckoo

photo by Gary Slater

Sponsor a Mangrove Cuckoo!

The Mangrove Cuckoo Project is well under way this spring, and we are asking you to participate in this exciting study by sponsoring a cuckoo. Although we receive some funding from grants, it is not enough to adequately study this secretive species.  Learning about this species is extremely labor-intensive (just ask Rachel) and tracking costs can be expensive, particularly in the fall when fixed-wing aircraft is needed to follow their post-breeding season movements.


Mangrove Cuckoos are a rare inhabitant of mangrove forests and woodlands of southern Florida. We have been capturing and radio-tagging individual cuckoos in order to gain a better understanding of certain aspects of their ecology, such as how much space each bird requires, whether they are migratory, and what time of year they breed.  The information produced by this study will help inform future conservation efforts.


By sponsoring a Mangrove Cuckoo for the season, you help provide us with the vital resources that we need to capture, tag, and track birds, and in doing so to learn more about the importance of mangrove estuaries to cuckoos. Your help also allows us to continue our outreach efforts directed to the public so they can be involved in conservation decisions.  We offer sponsorships at levels starting as low as $50, and include gifts that allow you to feel like you are part of the research! We currently have seven available cuckoos for sponsorship, and you can learn more about each of them here.

We also want to give a big thank you to our primary project funders: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and Ding Darling Wildlife Society.

We appreciate your support and interest in our work!

If you would like more information about sponsoring a cuckoo, please contact Gary Slater (305-213-8829/e-mail) or Rachel Mullin (209-814-5190/e-mail).