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USFWS Migratory Birds The official source of information about the USFWS Migratory Birds Program is: http://www.fws.gov/birds/ Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/USFWSBirds

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A century ago, Anna's hummingbirds didn't live farther north than Southern California, but in recent decades they have e...
07/16/2021

A century ago, Anna's hummingbirds didn't live farther north than Southern California, but in recent decades they have expanded their range all the way to Canada! Wherever you are, they are common backyard feeder visitors.

A century ago, Anna's hummingbirds didn't live farther north than Southern California, but in recent decades they have expanded their range all the way to Canada! Wherever you are, they are common backyard feeder visitors.

07/14/2021

Migratory shorebirds, like the rufa red knot, need particular areas to refuel and rest along their 18,000+ mile annual journeys. Unfortunately, climate change and human activities are shrinking these areas, choking off needed habitat and leaving local communities vulnerable to sea level rise and violent coastal storms. This is why we’re proposing to establish 649,000+ acres of critical habitat across 13 states: http://ow.ly/DqUq50F7CdX.

The critical habitat designation would help focus conservation efforts in the areas along the coasts with the most rufa #redknot activity. It would also reinforce ongoing and continued conservation of red knots and other coastal wildlife and habitats in coordination with local, state and federal partners.

We have followed Chicago's famed piping plovers, Monty and Rose, for years, and are so excited they have successfully ra...
07/12/2021

We have followed Chicago's famed piping plovers, Monty and Rose, for years, and are so excited they have successfully raised their chicks again this year!

Some of you may have heard about the illness that's appearing in birds in the eastern U.S. Scientists are studying the i...
07/09/2021

Some of you may have heard about the illness that's appearing in birds in the eastern U.S. Scientists are studying the issue, but we still don't know the cause. In the meantime, we recommend taking down bird feeders and and cleaning them well (birds can usually find their own food in summer anyway). Here's a statement from the U.S. Geological Survey with more details and what to do if you find a bird you think is affected: https://www.usgs.gov/news/updated-interagency-statement-usgs-and-partners-continue-investigating-dc-area-bird-mortality

Some of you may have heard about the illness that's appearing in birds in the eastern U.S. Scientists are studying the issue, but we still don't know the cause. In the meantime, we recommend taking down bird feeders and and cleaning them well (birds can usually find their own food in summer anyway). Here's a statement from the U.S. Geological Survey with more details and what to do if you find a bird you think is affected: https://www.usgs.gov/news/updated-interagency-statement-usgs-and-partners-continue-investigating-dc-area-bird-mortality

Mountain bluebirds may have somewhat subtler hues than their fellow bluebirds, but they are still lovely! You can find t...
07/07/2021

Mountain bluebirds may have somewhat subtler hues than their fellow bluebirds, but they are still lovely! You can find them in open habitats in the West, looking for insects. They often take to nest boxes. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Mountain bluebirds may have somewhat subtler hues than their fellow bluebirds, but they are still lovely! You can find them in open habitats in the West, looking for insects. They often take to nest boxes. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Just a reminder to keep your dog on a leash as you visit the beach.  Dogs can frighten birds off their nests, leaving ch...
07/04/2021
Home Sweet Home: A Place for Birds and People (Disturbance by dogs)

Just a reminder to keep your dog on a leash as you visit the beach. Dogs can frighten birds off their nests, leaving chicks exposed to predators and the hot sun. Do your part and give the birds the space they need to eat, rest, raise their young, and feel safe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtO-JoTpLUw

All along the Atlantic coast, people love going to the beach. The sun, the surf, and the memories we create with our friends and families make the beach a sp...

Just a reminder to share the beach! Every year, as people flock to our favorite beach destinations for sun and fun, shor...
07/03/2021
Home Sweet Home: A Place for Birds and People (Disturbance during migration)

Just a reminder to share the beach! Every year, as people flock to our favorite beach destinations for sun and fun, shorebirds and seabirds are also using the shore to eat, rest, mate, and raise their young on the beach. Let's give birds the space they need! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1LuMCiX9wg

All along the Atlantic coast, people love going to the beach. The sun, the surf, and the memories we create with our friends and families make the beach a sp...

Help keep birds safe when you visit the beach! It's important to give birds space to eat, rest, and raise their young. R...
07/02/2021
Home Sweet Home: A Place for Birds and People

Help keep birds safe when you visit the beach! It's important to give birds space to eat, rest, and raise their young. Respect posted areas, keep your dogs on a leash, and pick up your trash so you don't invite predators to the beach. Thanks for sharing the beach!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GF7zbeLqZ8&t=4s

All along the Atlantic coast, people love going to the beach. The sun, the surf, and the memories we create with our friends and families make the beach a sp...

Fun Facts about the Steller's Jay: it is the largest North American Jay, they use mud to build their nests, and they can...
07/01/2021

Fun Facts about the Steller's Jay: it is the largest North American Jay, they use mud to build their nests, and they can imitate many sounds including birds, squirrels, pets, and even mechanical objects!

Fan of evergreen
forests and the mountainous
West. A Steller's jay!

These intelligent opportunists are excellent mimics. They can imitate other animals and even some mechanical objects.

Steller's jay in Kenai National #WildlifeRefuge, Alaska. 📷 USFWS/Colin Canterbury #Haiku

Did you know the Duck Stamp has information on the back too? This year the back features information on shorebirds such ...
06/30/2021

Did you know the Duck Stamp has information on the back too? This year the back features information on shorebirds such as the lesser yellowlegs. Although lesser yellowlegs were originally classified as a game bird under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, the season was closed in the late 1920s. You read it for yourself when you buy one: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.php

Did you know the Duck Stamp has information on the back too? This year the back features information on shorebirds such as the lesser yellowlegs. Although lesser yellowlegs were originally classified as a game bird under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918, the season was closed in the late 1920s. You read it for yourself when you buy one: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.php

Just look at all these yellow-headed blackbirds lined up along the water foraging for aquatic invertebrates! (Photo: Yel...
06/29/2021

Just look at all these yellow-headed blackbirds lined up along the water foraging for aquatic invertebrates! (Photo: Yellow-headed blackbirds at Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming by Tom Koerner/USFWS)

What's your favorite meal during the summer?
These yellow-headed blackbirds are foraging for aquatic invertebrates. When searching for food, they use their beaks to probe the ground, open up leaves, and turn over rocks.

Photo: Yellow-headed blackbirds foraging for food at Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming by Tom Koerner/USFWS

The very talented Margaret McMullen from Kansas painted hooded mergansers adorning the 2021-2022 Junior Duck Stamp. Supp...
06/25/2021

The very talented Margaret McMullen from Kansas painted hooded mergansers adorning the 2021-2022 Junior Duck Stamp. Support your conservation education by buying Junior Duck Stamps: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php (Credit: ©USFWS)

The very talented Margaret McMullen from Kansas painted hooded mergansers adorning the 2021-2022 Junior Duck Stamp. Support your conservation education by buying Junior Duck Stamps: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php (Credit: ©USFWS)

Here it is! The 2021-2022 Federal #DuckStamp is now on sale!  Buy stamps, save wetlands, and help wildlife: https://www....
06/25/2021

Here it is! The 2021-2022 Federal #DuckStamp is now on sale! Buy stamps, save wetlands, and help wildlife: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php (Photo: The 2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single lesser scaup drake painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. Credit: ©USFWS)

Why purchase a Federal Duck Stamp?
⛰️ Free admission to national wildlife refuges
💧 Funding helps protect wetlands
🦆 Healthy habitat supports migratory birds and other wildlife
🎨 Get inspired by art – and nature
✅ Required for waterfowl hunting

Here it is! The 2021-2022 Federal #DuckStamp is now on sale! Buy stamps, save wetlands, and help wildlife: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/buy-duck-stamp.php (Photo: The 2021-2022 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring a single lesser scaup drake painted by Delaware artist Richard Clifton. Credit: ©USFWS)

Why purchase a Federal Duck Stamp?
⛰️ Free admission to national wildlife refuges
💧 Funding helps protect wetlands
🦆 Healthy habitat supports migratory birds and other wildlife
🎨 Get inspired by art – and nature
✅ Required for waterfowl hunting

We are proposing to revise the Duck Stamp Contest Regulations and remove the requirement for the mandatory hunting eleme...
06/22/2021

We are proposing to revise the Duck Stamp Contest Regulations and remove the requirement for the mandatory hunting element. There is a public comment period that will open on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for you to submit your concerns and comments. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/x6yRb

We are proposing to revise the Duck Stamp Contest Regulations and remove the requirement for the mandatory hunting element. There is a public comment period that will open on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, for you to submit your concerns and comments. Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/x6yRb

Who’s ready for a tanager summer? Or a summer tanager? Photo by Mike Schramm/USFWS
06/21/2021

Who’s ready for a tanager summer? Or a summer tanager? Photo by Mike Schramm/USFWS

Who’s ready for a tanager summer? Or a summer tanager? Photo by Mike Schramm/USFWS

Happy World Albatross Day! Albatross live amazing lives and face incredible challenges. Here’s more on these special bir...
06/20/2021
Albatross: lifetime at sea | Alaska Region

Happy World Albatross Day! Albatross live amazing lives and face incredible challenges. Here’s more on these special birds: https://www.fws.gov/alaska/stories/albatross-lifetime-sea

Time to read less than 1 minute Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share through email Print a- a+ Read so far Albatross: lifetime at sea Posted in: Fish & Wildlife 0 comments Alaska is within the range of the Short-tailed, Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, which are commonly seen at-sea. Worldwide...

Warblers aren't the only colorful bird around at this time of year: the most colorful of all might be orioles and tanage...
06/17/2021

Warblers aren't the only colorful bird around at this time of year: the most colorful of all might be orioles and tanagers, like this Summer Tanager -- the only totally red bird species in North America. Their personality is colorful too: for food, they specialize in catching wasps and bees on the wing! (Photo: Summer tanager, Michael Schramm/USFWS)

Warblers aren't the only colorful bird around at this time of year: the most colorful of all might be orioles and tanagers, like this Summer Tanager -- the only totally red bird species in North America. Their personality is colorful too: for food, they specialize in catching wasps and bees on the wing! (Photo: Summer tanager, Michael Schramm/USFWS)

This video shows an example of the benefits birds receive from the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The habi...
06/16/2021
Buff-breasted Sandpiper migration in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve, Beni, Bolivia

This video shows an example of the benefits birds receive from the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The habitat protection and research efforts for the buff-breasted sandpiper in Bolivia are critical to ensuring it's long term sustainability.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0x1J8Ow0Gcg

Asociación Armonía's Barba Azul Nature Reserve is an important stop-over site for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper during its fall migration from breeding in the ...

Today we are releasing our updated Birds of Conservation Concern Report. Working with partners, we have identified 269 m...
06/15/2021

Today we are releasing our updated Birds of Conservation Concern Report. Working with partners, we have identified 269 migratory bird species in the U.S. that need conservation action in These findings reaffirm the need for strong, collective action to help birds recover and thrive. Since the 1970s, North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds. https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=us-fish-and-wildlife-service-publishes-birds-of-conservation-concern-&_ID=36934 Photo by Alan Schmeier.

Today we are releasing our updated Birds of Conservation Concern Report. Working with partners, we have identified 269 migratory bird species in the U.S. that need conservation action in These findings reaffirm the need for strong, collective action to help birds recover and thrive. Since the 1970s, North America has lost nearly 3 billion birds. https://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ref=us-fish-and-wildlife-service-publishes-birds-of-conservation-concern-&_ID=36934 Photo by Alan Schmeier.

Can you identify the type of bird that made this nest?
06/14/2021

Can you identify the type of bird that made this nest?

Can you identify the type of bird that made this nest?

Shearwaters are a type of seabird that spend the majority of their life on the open ocean and fly back to land to breed....
06/10/2021

Shearwaters are a type of seabird that spend the majority of their life on the open ocean and fly back to land to breed. They can remain in flight for days or weeks, even sleeping in-flight, while staying hundreds to thousands of miles offshore. They also have a special salt gland that helps them extract excess salt from their body via their nostrils. This allows them to drink seawater and ingest water from prey without accumulating toxic levels of salt in their bloodstream. The Newell's shearwater was first protected as a threatened species in1975, and is endemic to the Hawaiian islands. They dive into the water to catch their prey (mostly squid and fish) swimming down to a depth of up to 10 meters using their wings to move forward. Learn more about this unique species as part of #NationalOceansMonth : https://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/wildlife_and_habitat/Newells_shearwater.html

Shearwaters are a type of seabird that spend the majority of their life on the open ocean and fly back to land to breed. They can remain in flight for days or weeks, even sleeping in-flight, while staying hundreds to thousands of miles offshore. They also have a special salt gland that helps them extract excess salt from their body via their nostrils. This allows them to drink seawater and ingest water from prey without accumulating toxic levels of salt in their bloodstream. The Newell's shearwater was first protected as a threatened species in1975, and is endemic to the Hawaiian islands. They dive into the water to catch their prey (mostly squid and fish) swimming down to a depth of up to 10 meters using their wings to move forward. Learn more about this unique species as part of #NationalOceansMonth : https://www.fws.gov/refuge/kilauea_point/wildlife_and_habitat/Newells_shearwater.html

Eastern kingbirds are great at insect catching in the summer, but when they head south for the winter, they survive most...
06/09/2021

Eastern kingbirds are great at insect catching in the summer, but when they head south for the winter, they survive mostly on fruit. Their distinct white-tipped tails are a good indication that you've got "royalty" around!

Eastern kingbirds are great at insect catching in the summer, but when they head south for the winter, they survive mostly on fruit. Their distinct white-tipped tails are a good indication that you've got "royalty" around!

It's true that the beautiful and colorful warblers get a lot of attention during spring migration, but it's time to cele...
06/08/2021

It's true that the beautiful and colorful warblers get a lot of attention during spring migration, but it's time to celebrate shorebirds and their remarkable migration distances they travel! This little semipalmated sandpiper flies thousands of miles (even over the open ocean!) from its wintering grounds in South America to its breeding grounds in the arctic. (Photo: semipalmated sandpiper, Michael Schramm/USFWS).

It's true that the beautiful and colorful warblers get a lot of attention during spring migration, but it's time to celebrate shorebirds and their remarkable migration distances they travel! This little semipalmated sandpiper flies thousands of miles (even over the open ocean!) from its wintering grounds in South America to its breeding grounds in the arctic. (Photo: semipalmated sandpiper, Michael Schramm/USFWS).

Did you know that you can help birds by eating certain kinds of chocolate? That sounds like a delicious proposition!
06/07/2021

Did you know that you can help birds by eating certain kinds of chocolate? That sounds like a delicious proposition!

New research led by SMBC's Dr. Ruth Bennett highlights how cocoa farms can conserve birds by protecting native shade trees and forest reserves. Read more about how your chocolate choices impact birds here: https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13779

Please join our Assistant Director, Jerome Ford, as he talks birds and his career helping them tomorrow at 3 ET, hosted ...
06/04/2021

Please join our Assistant Director, Jerome Ford, as he talks birds and his career helping them tomorrow at 3 ET, hosted by Environment for the Americas!

Please join our Assistant Director, Jerome Ford, as he talks birds and his career helping them tomorrow at 3 ET, hosted by Environment for the Americas!

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