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Birds On the Move! Help Migrating Birds this Season

Migration is risky business, but we have a few (or 20) ways you can help smooth the way

  • Palm Warblers nest in boreal forests, then migrate to spend winters in Florida, the Caribbean and beyond. John Harrison

  • A Common Yellowthroat’s second brood comes late enough that the family may migrate as a group. John Harrison

  • Conditions in the Ruby-crowned Kinglet’s winter breeding grounds may be limiting its numbers. John Harrison

  • The tiny Northern Saw-whet Owl is migratory in some places and a year-round resident in others. John Harrison

  • After nesting in the northeastern U.S., Scarlet Tanagers head to Panama, Columbia and Bolivia for the winter. John Harrison

  • The northern nesting Yellow-rumped Warbler is easily seen in migration and in its vast winter range. John Harrison

  • A nice look at a Black-throated green warbler—they usually make migratory rest stops in conifers. John Harrison

  • Black-and-white warblers return to the eastern U.S. to nest and forage much like nuthatches do. John Harrison

  • A male Black-throated blue warbler pauses on his journey north. Females are olive and hard to spot. John Harrison

With some birds flying halfway around the world twice a year, migrating is no easy task. So why do birds do it? We haven't figured out everything about migration yet, but we do know that it allows birds to find plentiful food and safe places to nest and raise their young.

Even though it's risky, the benefits of migration make it worthwhile for birds. But human-caused problems at both ends of their journeys and all along migratory flyways are adding to the natural risks.


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