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Abstract

Bicknell’s thrush is among the most rare and probably most threatened species in North America and is considered the Nearctic-Neotropical migrant of highest conservation priority in the Northeast. The species breeds in high elevation spruce-fir forests in the northeastern US and Canada and is adapted to naturally disturbed habitats impacted by montane processes such as wind throw and fir waves. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently issued a finding that the Bicknell’s thrush may warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The challenges facing Bicknell’s thrush are many, and New York State has a significant role to play in helping to safeguard the future of the species in the region. We provide a brief summary of regional monitoring and research efforts, what has been learned from them, and suggestions that may enhance the conservation of the species here and elsewhere.

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