Bird migrates 1,780 miles from Dominican Republic to Vermont, USA

A Bicknell’s Thrush, a brownish-gray songbird native to the northeastern U.S. and southeastern Canada, was tagged in the Dominican Republic, and then found in the Mount Mansfield region of Vemont, US.

The species, which numbers less 150,000, migrates to the Caribbean in the winter, with almost 90% concentrated in the island of Hispaniola.

The species is at risk from a variety of threats to its breeding habitats, including recreational development, telecommunication construction, wind power development, acidic precipitation, mercury deposition, and climatic warming. On its Caribbean wintering grounds... loss of forested habitats has been severe and is ongoing.