American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is achieving results for migratory birds with a new, holistic approach.


Working with partners everywhere birds need them, our Migratory Birds Program is identifying, protecting, and restoring habitats both north and south to bring back the birds!

 Where We're Bringing Back the Birds
Linked Habitats

We're working across eight geographically linked habitats—areas to the north and south that are important for priority birds. With scientists, other conservation groups, and government agencies, we're benefiting suites of both migratory and resident birds by providing "full life-cycle" protection. For example, Mexico's Chihuahuan Grasslands are linked to the U.S. Great Plains through species like the Long-billed Curlew. Habitats in both places must be protected to meet the species' needs at different life stages.
 How We're Bringing Back the Birds
Central and
South American Highlands

Waking up with a fresh cup of Bird Friendly® coffee will help migratory birds like Wood Thrush that overwinter in the forested coffee-growing regions of Central and South America. Increasing shade in coffee plantations and maintaining forest connectivity links directly to our work to manage forest landscapes in the Appalachians and the Great Lakes for breeding Golden-winged and Cerulean warblers, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Desert Grasslands


Miles of grasses and wildflowers, dotted with Long-billed Curlews, Sprague's Pipits, and Chestnut-collared Longspurs: that's the American Great Plains and prairies of 250 years ago. Today, these species-rich lands and those in Mexico's Chihuahuan Grasslands where these birds winter have largely been replaced with crops and cattle-grazing lands. To bring back the birds, we're working with ranchers, farmers, and the Bureau of Land Management to adopt grassland best management practices.

Caribbean Basin

Beach lovers aren’t the only ones that flock to the Caribbean to escape the cold. Some of our favorite migrants such as Cape May and Black-throated Blue warblers also use Caribbean islands to spend the winter. Unfortunately, quality wintering habitat is becoming harder to find in the midst of rapid human development and invasive species. We’re working with local partners to protect habitat for this important part of the life cycle of migratory birds.

Meso-American Pine-Oak and Cloud Forests

Cool mountain air, panoramic vistas, and the smell of fresh pine is a heady combination uniquely found within the Meso-American Pine-Oak and Cloud Forests. People love it, and birds need it: Migrants like Golden-cheeked and Hermit warblers spend their summers and winters here. To restore the range and health of these threatened forests, we work on fire management and habitat restoration where needed for these and resident species.

Western Thornscrub

Some of our most colorful and scrappy birds—including Varied Buntings, Black-capped Vireos, and Rufous Hummingbirds—winter in Mexican Western Thornscrub, along with other habitats. But increasing pressures from people also eking out an existence in these challenging lands is steadily reducing the populations of these birds.  To bring back the birds, we’re working with local stakeholders to help manage these lands for both
birds and people.

Caribbean Slope of Mexico and Central America

A host of beautiful birds—from Prothonotary, Kentucky, Swainson's, Hooded, and Yellow-throated warblers to Painted Bunting, Chuck-wills-widow, and Wood Thrush—are often found together on their wintering grounds, from Mexico to Costa Rica. Here, ABC and partners are protecting key sites and developing landscape-level initiatives to influence land use, in order to make sure these birds overwinter successfully and make it safely back to their northern breeding grounds.

Southern Cone Grasslands

What do Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Blue-throated Macaw have in common? They both use habitat at the Barba Azul Reserve in Bolivia. While remarkably different—the sandpiper breeds in the high Arctic!—both rely on the savanna ecosystem found within the reserve. Reserve creation is one mechanism ABC uses to bring back the birds like Buff-breasted and Upland sandpipers and Bobolink.

Coastal Areas of Central
and South America


Our conservation activities reach from the Southern Cone to Delaware Bay to help bring back some of the longest-distance migrants in the world: the shorebirds. Across these far-flung places, ABC is bringing together a diverse set of partners to develop and implement innovative strategies to conserve birds such as Snowy and Wilson’s plovers and Red Knots.


Help us bring back the birds!