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Conservation and Population trends

Breeding Bird Survey

The following information is based on results compiled from the North American Breeding Bird Survey.

  • United States - Significant decrease in population
  • Canada - Slight decrease in population

The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Surveys Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Canadian Wildlife Services National Wildlife Research Centre to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent.

If you have a little time each spring (often just a couple of half days), and can identify birds by their songs, you are encouraged to join over 2500 other skilled birders in this important research project.

North American Breeding Bird Survey Trend Results (with state-by-state analysis) for the American Redstart are available on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center web site.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service develops and maintains management plans for most game and non-game bird species found in the United States. Their work includes the development of a list of Birds of Conservation Concern.

The American Redstart is NOT currently on the list.




The United States WatchList is a joint project between American Bird Conservancy and the National Audubon Society. Using several different data sets, it reflects a comprehensive population analysis of all the regularly occurring bird species in the United States.

The studies performed pinpoint those species in the greatest need of immediate conservation efforts.

The American Redstart is NOT one of the approximately 200 bird species on the WATCHLIST.

State of the Birds Report

First issued in 2009, the State of the Birds report is an important report on the status of birds in North America. Scientists from many different organizations utilized a variety of sources to determine the conservation status and population trends of more than 800 bird species.

The report includes information on both threatened and endangered species with special attention to their related habitat types.