Research at Home and Abroad

Washington Crossing Audubon Society supports several active research projects

WCAS funds two bird monitoring sites here in central New Jersey and in the Central American country of Costa Rica. These projects provide data on both breeding and wintering populations of our vulnerable neotropical migratory songbirds. WCAS has also provided funding for other local research projects through its Holden Conservation Grant program.

All photos this page © Tyler Christensen
Kentucky Warbler can be found both at Baldpate, the Sourlands and Central America © Tyler Christensen

Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station

Hannah SuthersThe Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station Important Bird Area (IBA) is a research and monitoring project situated in central New Jersey’s Sourland Mountain region. Initiated by biologist Hannah Suthers in 1977, the FLBBS is among the longest-running bird banding stations in the United States. Learn More at FLBBS

Right: Hannah Suthers checking mist nets
Hannah Suthers at Featherbed Lane Bird Banding Station © Tyler Christensen
Hooded Warbler at Baldpate © Tyler Christensen

Sourlands Breeding Bird Surveys

For nearly a decade, WCAS officer Sharyn Magee has conducted regular bird surveys within the Sourlands. Sharyn’s work includes monitoring breeding populations of birds such as Kentucky and Hooded Warblers within sensitive habitats.

Left: Hooded Warbler at Baldpate

Nicoya Peninsula Avian Research Station

In 2011, the WCAS Birdathon provided the funding for the pilot season of the Nicoya Peninsula Avian Research Station, a bird banding and research initiative in Costa Rica. NPARS collects data from vulnerable neotropical songbirds in their tropical wintering grounds. Learn more at:  NPARS and

Right: Male Prothonotary Warbler sipping nectar from Tea Mangrove flower

Male Prothonotary Warbler sipping nectar from Tea Mangrove flower © Tyler Christensen
Northern Saw-whet Owl Banding at Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association © Tyler Christensen

Northern Saw-whet Owl Migration Survey

In Fall of 2014 WCAS provided funding for the pilot season of a survey of Northern Saw-whet Owl migration in central New Jersey. The survey will provide a more accurate picture of Saw-whet Owl abundance, timing, and ecology during migration.

Left: Northern Saw-whet Owl bird banding at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association near Pennington