Nearly half of North America’s bird species, and about 40 percent of its waterfowl, spend at least part of their lives in the Mississippi Flyway. Audubon is making a difference for the birds, habitats, and communities of this great flyway.
With a century-long legacy of conservation along the Gulf Coast, Audubon is committed to helping this vital region recover – from the BP oil disaster and also from decades of other environmental assaults. Together, we can create a vibrant, sustainable gulf region for birds, for people and for the future.
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Trumpeter Swans were nearly extirpated in the early 1900s due to hunting pressures, but over the past few decades populations have started to increase thanks to recovery efforts by many people and agencies. Missouri observers have recorded the highest number of Trumpeter Swans wintering in states south of the 40th parallel with sightings in 45 of 115 counties. Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary (RMBS) along the Mississippi River in St. Charles County, is the single most important wintering site of the southern states with counts of 500+ in the past few years. Starting in November 2011, The Trumpeter Swan Society partnered with The Audubon Center at Riverlands, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rivers Project Office, St. Louis Audubon Society, and the Audubon Society of Missouri to begin a citizen science monitoring program for Trumpeter Swans in the Great Rivers region. During our second year of monitoring, the project will gather bi-monthly data on overwintering swans in the Great Rivers Confluence from November 13, 2011 to February 19, 2013. Monitoring is essential to the recovery of the largest waterfowl species in North America because it provides crucial data on how many Trumpeter Swans use our area in the winter, the age composition of flocks, and where some of these individuals travel each year. Over a number of years this data will also be valuable to land managers, because it can help them better understand the habitat conditions that are important to the Trumpeter Swans overwintering here. If you are interested in helping out with this project please contact us at email@example.com.