If you've spent any time birding in Georgia, you've almost certainly heard the flute-like call of the Wood Thrush. During the spring and summer months, the Wood Thrush breeds in deciduous and mixed forests in the eastern U.S. where there are large trees, moderate understory, shade, and abundant leaf litter for foraging. Each fall, they migrate to the lowland tropical forests in Central America where they spend the winter.
You may also have noticed that the Wood Thrush's ethereal 'eee-oh-lay' song has been disappearing from Georgia's forest over the past several decades. Named on the 2015 Watch List by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the Wood Thrush faces multiple threats including building collisions, habitat degradation, and climate change.
In an effort to reverse these declines, Atlanta Audubon has named the Wood Thrush as its 2017-18 target species. In the coming years, we will be promoting and implementing tangible actions to preserve the Wood Thrush’s habitat, both locally and internationally.
With support from our partners, members, and donors, Atlanta Audubon has developed a Wood Thrush Story Map. This unique conservation tool is designed to raise public awareness about the plight of the habitat-threatened Wood Thrush and to provide advice on how citizens can help these birds.
Click here to view the story map