Helping Birds Along the Way

Do you enjoy watching birds? If so, maybe you could become a part of the International Migratory Bird team.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), celebrated in May, is the signature program of Environment For The Americas (EFTA). It is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. This year’s theme is Stopover Sites: Helping Birds Along the Way.

When birds migrate between nesting and wintering sites, they don’t just stop anywhere; they rely on a handful of resource-rich and strategically located sites where they may double their body weight as they acquire the energy-rich fat stores needed to fly thousands of kilometers across continents and oceans. These places are known as stopover sites.

Some stopover sites are well known, such as along the coasts of Louisiana, New Jersey, and the Upper Bay of Panama, where birds stop after traveling along the shoreline. Others are inland, such as Venezuela’s grasslands, wetlands in the central United States, and even urban parks and backyards.

In 2017, Environment for the Americas invites you to join their celebration of the importance of stopover sites and their habitats.

Whether you learn about a stopover site near your home, visit one far away, or create a safe place for birds in your backyard, your support can mean a safe journey for a migratory bird.

Join the celebration!

For more information about IMBD visit their web site at http://www.birdday.org/

Remember: Braxton’s carries many bird supplies to make your backyard a safe and friendly stopover.

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