Bird atlas projects are used worldwide to survey and monitor bird populations. Nearly 500 species of birds have been seen in Oklahoma. That is a lot of species to keep track of! The Sutton Center organized and completed the two largest bird surveys ever undertaken in Oklahoma. The first looked at bird species that nest in Oklahoma, while the second looked at bird species that spend the winter in Oklahoma.
Many bird species worldwide as well as in Oklahoma are declining. One recent study suggests that there are nearly 3 billion fewer birds today than there were in 1970! Bird atlas projects help track these declines, and are intended to be repeated at about 20-year intervals to provide ongoing information about bird populations, allowing conservation for declining species or groups of species to take place before they become endangered and much more difficult to save.
Click on a book cover below for more information, and click the Donate button at the top of the page to support the Sutton Center’s work on behalf of Oklahoma’s birds. If you wish, you may use the Comments section on the Donate page to direct your donation to bird atlas projects.