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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Migration Celebration

Migration has started all across North America. Billions of birds will be on the move from their wintering locations in the southern U. S., Central and South America. Braving sometimes disastrous weather, hoping refueling stops are available and breeding grounds still there, they travel above us, a vast avian treasure. It is up to us to insure their vital lands are protected and they survive. Look up, celebrate, and protect.

White Pelicans breed on lakes in the western parts of the U.S. and Canada

Short-earred Owls breed in the upper U.S. and in the vast, critical, Boreal Forest. 50% of the 700 species of birds that regularly occur in the U.S. and Canada rely on the Boreal for their survival.

Red Knots may soon become extinct if Horseshoe Crabs (whose eggs they eat for refueling food) in Delaware Bay aren't protected from overharvesting.

Ducks need their nesting grounds protected in the vast Prairie Pothole region of the U.S. and Canada, which can produce as much as 50% of the continental waterfowl population.

Spotted Sandpipers who breed on lakes and rivers across much of the U.S., need those shorelines protected.

And American Robins, who migrate through, and may stop to breed in your yard, need you to create good bird habitat on your own property and participate in local and national bird conservation, before even they become endangered.

All photos © Lillian Stokes, 2006

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