Maryland Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Unfortunately, in Maryland 143 avian species were determined to be Species of Greatest Conservation Need in 2016's submitted State Wildlife Action Plan. Species of Greatest Conservation Need status is determined by state experts by considering:

  • current conservation status
  • changes in abundance and population trends
  • distribution and changes in habitat condition
  • relative concern and population status within the Northeast region
  • an increase (or decrease) of existing threats (e.g., spread of disease, illegal trade, increased loss of habitat, new invasive species)

Below are some birds with SGCN status in Maryland, as well as information about their threats and how you can help.

(Please Note: this page will fill out as we publish our SGCN of the week!)

Wood Thrush- Hylocichla Mustelina

Wood Thrush- Hylocichla Mustelina