The significance of ACG's mid-elevational Caribbean forest habitat cannot be overstated, as it provides a contiguous block of undeveloped and unbroken habitats critical to the survival of many migratory bird species from the north during the winter months. Sadly, habitat loss, pesticide use and climate disruption pose significant threats to these birds, making the efforts of the BioAve team all the more crucial.
By Danielle Finnegan | May 23, 2023 | Guanacaste

ACG’s innovative migratory bird research project, dubbed BioAve, has already tagged three Wood Thrush, a species included on the Partners in Flight Yellow Watch List for birds at most risk of extinction, and it aims to tag over 65 more migratory birds over the next year. The data collected will enable the project to understand better the challenges facing migratory birds and aid in developing conservation efforts.

The research program has been in development since 2014 and has brought together various research partners and parataxonomists sharing the Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) — an international collaborative research network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to facilitate research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Two MOTUS tracking towers currently in use (at Maritza and Pitilla stations) are providing visibility into migration patterns and behavior as birds traverse the Americas. Two individuals tagged just this year in ACG were recorded as they passed over U.S. Motus towers en route to spring breeding grounds north of the border.

The BioAve project is at the forefront of efforts to conserve migratory bird species by utilizing innovative technologies to study their behavior and habitat use while collaborating with researchers and organizations across the globe to help preserve these creatures and their unique habitats.

To learn more about this project or to get involved in GDFCF, please email: Eric Palola Palola@gdfcf.org or Monique Gilbert Monique@gdfcf.org. For more information about the Nanotagging Project, please email Dr. Natalie Sanchez natingui@gmail.com