Saturday, May 10, 2008

Happy International Migratory Bird Day!

The second Saturday each May, International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated to bring awareness to migratory birds and their habitats.

From WI DNR:“International Migratory Bird Day is a time to reflect on the beauty and joy neotropical migrant birds bring us,” said Sumner Matteson, an avian ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources. “These long-distance migrants, especially the warblers and other colorful songbirds, are the crown jewels of the bird world.”

He noted the arrival of these birds from places as far away as Central and South America reminds us that not only do they have to contend with the rigors of flying long distances but with hazards such as the proliferation of tall structures such as cell towers, wind turbines and TV towers, and with dwindling or fragmented stop-over habitats along the way to their breeding grounds.

(Yellow Rumped Warbler © 2008 Rachel Logterman)

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