The Mississippi Flyway: An Essential Migration Route

The Mississippi Flyway: An Essential Migration Route

April 7, 2015 by  
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Starting in central Canada and stretching to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Flyway is the name given to the route followed by birds migrating from their breeding grounds in North America to their wintering grounds in the south…

Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival 2015

March 23, 2015 by  
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This celebration of the Marbled Godwit offers the opportunity to explore the spectacular Redwood Coast and observe a host of bird species and wildlife…

Irruptive Migration of Bird Species

March 17, 2015 by  
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The main reason birds migrate is to ensure they have access to food all year round. For some bird species this may mean flying half way around the world, and their migration patterns are so predictable that birders arrange special events to welcome the weary travelers to their wintering ground, as well as to see them off when they depart…

Southeastern American Kestrel in Louisiana

March 7, 2015 by  
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The American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) is the smallest member of the family Falconidae in North America. The American Kestrel can be identified by two distinct black streaks on each side of the head that contrast with the white throat and cheeks, and by a blue-gray patch encircling a rufous-colored spot on the top of the head…

Great Louisiana BirdFest 2015

March 5, 2015 by  
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Taking place on 10-12 April 2015, the 19th Great Louisiana Birdfest is sponsored by the Northlake Nature Center offering birding enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy the spring migration when large numbers of migrant birds of a variety of species pass through the area heading…

Canada Geese: An International Symbol of Nature

August 11, 2014 by  
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Canada geese (

Branta canadensis L.) represent a majestic symbol of nature and natural world and are a well known migratory species of geese widely recognized across the continent of North America, Northern Europe and in the Asian Far East. The species is native to the continent of North America….

Radio Waves May Disrupt Birds’ Magnetic Compass

June 24, 2014 by  
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While the navigational skills of birds remain largely unexplained, the theory that they use the magnetic field of the earth to some degree to map their positions is generally accepted. The magnetic field of the earth is weakest at the equator, becoming stronger toward the north and south poles. This change in magnetic strength may give birds an estimate of their latitude while in flight. This amazing ability to navigate is especially evident in homing pigeons which are able to find their way home over distances of as much as 1,100 miles…

Tawas Point Birding Festival 2014

April 28, 2014 by  
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This annual event offers guided birding tours, programs and talk by leading bird experts, loads of informative books for sale by the Michigan Audubon bookstore and a chance to view migrating birds…

Great Louisiana BirdFest 2014

March 20, 2014 by  
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The 18th annual Great Louisiana BirdFest takes place during the spring migration, offering the opportunity for birders to gather and share in the excitement of spotting many migrant bird species passing through south Louisiana…

Support the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5, 2014 by  
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The 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is set to take place from February 14 through to February 17 in multiple locations all over the world. This four day event calls on bird watchers of all ages and levels of experience to count the birds they see in one location over a fifteen-minute period…

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