The Atlantic Flyway. It’s a super highway in the sky! From South America to Canada, it handles hundreds of species of birds and millions of individuals during any single migration season. The heaviest traffic is at night, and rush hour can last for weeks.
There are literally ten of thousands of exits and rest stops along the Flyway, all leading to the same thing: natural habitat that suits the needs of specific species for refueling or breeding. In the United States, on the eastern seaboard, human populations are dense. We compete with birds for space in almost every possible type of habitat required by a startling diversity of bird species.
Audubon is facing and solving the threats and challenges of habitat destruction, pollution, climate change, and population growth with the Atlantic Flyway Initiative (AFI). The AFI is a strategic conservation initiative that targets specific bird habitats within our forests, salt marshes, barrier islands and on coastal beaches. By using a variety of innovative strategies and tools, such as working with landowners both public and private, to restoring the high marsh in coastal wetlands, to initiating social marketing campaigns to change human behavior in beach communities, and doing the bulk of the work within existing critical habitat identified as Important Bird Areas (IBAs), we will rise up and meet the challenges facing our birdlife and their habitats.