Rare and sensitive species of songbirds like Swainson’s Thrush or Yellow Warbler are vulnerable to environmental changes, both within Yosemite and beyond. Early research shows that songbirds have declined in Yosemite by approximately 19% over the last 20 years.

Working with partners like The Institute For Bird Populations, this program builds on 20 years of existing data collected through bird banding, much of which has been funded by Yosemite Conservancy donors. This information tells us why some populations are declining, for example, is it reproductive failures or high death rates?

Visitors and volunteers can share their love for songbirds by participating in bird banding demonstrations, where they can experience firsthand the joys of holding a delicate thrush or warbler, knowing that this research will protect songbirds in the future.

Working together, partners and supporters can keep Yosemite’s meadows alive with these bird’s vibrant colors and sweet songs.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park and The Institute For Bird Populations

Sarah Stock

Wildlife Biologist, Yosemite National Park

Project Notes

The joy of holding a songbird in your hand,€” to feel its heartbeat, sense the warmth of its body and really see it up close,€” inspires a career-long commitment to environmental conservation.