USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station


Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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Research TopicsWildlife & Fish: Bird Monitoring

Costa Rica Bird Communities: Neotropical Migrants and Resident Birds

Costa Rica Coast Since 1994, we have conducted research at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, in association with the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, Partners in Flight-Costa Rica, and other cooperators. Our primary objective is to help establish a long-term monitoring site for the study of neotropical migrant and resident landbirds with the collaboration of Costa Ricans to further the knowledge and understanding of Costa Rican birds. When the station was begun, it was the only operation to our knowledge regularly monitoring the landbirds of the country on a consistent basis. We have now been in operation for over a decade and have expanded to five monitoring stations.

We presented some of our findings at the 2002 International Partners in Flight Conference held in Asilomar, California. The links to our presentation and resulting publication are below, along with some additional information on bird monitoring.

Internships available: If you are interested in being an intern for our project, please read our information for interns for dates and requirements.

Costa Rica Birds

Costa Rica has a wealth of resident birds, along with seasonal migrants from North America that either migrate through or stay the winter in Tortuguero. "Checklist to the birds of Tortuguero" is a compiled listing of birds seen or banded at our station. One intern wrote about his experiences at the banding station in "A season of bird monitoring in Costa Rica."

In November 2008, Jared Wolfe and the interns participated in a Bird-a-Thon in and around the Tortuguero station, including a trip to the Tortuguero National Park. His account, "Tortuguero Integrated Bird Monitoring Project Bird-a-Thon", also contains a list of the species observed during the trip.

Monitoring protocols

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