USFWS Migratory Birds

USFWS Migratory Birds The official source of information about the USFWS Migratory Birds Program is: http://www.fws.gov/birds/
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Mission: The Migratory Bird Program's mission is to protect, restore and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generation by: -ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, -increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds, -improving hunting and birdwatching and other outdoor bird-related experiences, and -increasing awareness of the value of migratory birds and their habitats for their aesthetic, ecological, recreational and economic significance.

05/23/2020
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National Audubon Society

Looking for an activity to do at home this weekend? Try drawing an Atlantic Puffin. David Sibley shows you how in this soothing video.

One of the coolest wildlife spectacles in the world is happening! Red knots are shorebirds that feed on horseshoe crab e...
05/21/2020

One of the coolest wildlife spectacles in the world is happening! Red knots are shorebirds that feed on horseshoe crab eggs to fuel their 9,000-mile migration from wintering grounds in South America up to breeding grounds in the Arctic. Because it provides abundant horseshoe crab eggs, Delaware Bay is the single most important spring stopover habitat for these federally threatened birds, supporting 50 - 80% of all migrating rufa red knots each year. Learn more: https://fws.gov/northeast/red-knot/ (Photo: Rufa red knots with a horseshoe crab. Credit Gregory Breese/USFWS)

A different kind of warbler neck: while many songbirds can be found higher in tree canopies, ovenbirds spend most of the...
05/20/2020

A different kind of warbler neck: while many songbirds can be found higher in tree canopies, ovenbirds spend most of their time on the ground, foraging for insects. They even make their nests there!

Nothing in Alaska signifies the arrival of spring as much as the return of migratory birds. For some, this is also an op...
05/19/2020
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds

Nothing in Alaska signifies the arrival of spring as much as the return of migratory birds. For some, this is also an opportunity to provide food for their families. After a long winter with limited hunting opportunities, birds also provide a welcome change to the diet of rural and Native Alaskans. (Photo: Alaska Native of the Bering Strait Prepares a Snow Goose for Dinner, USFWS)

Nothing in Alaska signifies the arrival of spring as much as the return of migratory birds. Coming from all over the globe, birds begin arriving in April and May to take advantage of the abundance of food that becomes available during those long days under the arctic sun. And when the migratory bird...

Today is Endangered Species Day. A number of birds are classified as threatened or endangered in the U.S. Many of them c...
05/15/2020

Today is Endangered Species Day. A number of birds are classified as threatened or endangered in the U.S. Many of them can be found on Pacific islands. One such bird is the 'I'iwi, which lives in Hawaii. A necter-sipping member of the honeycreeper family, it is affected by diseases and habitat loss. We continue working to help birds like this recover. Photo: USFWS

National Wildlife Refuges are some of America's "birdiest" places. There is at least one National Wildlife Refuge in eve...
05/14/2020
Birding | National Wildlife Refuge System

National Wildlife Refuges are some of America's "birdiest" places. There is at least one National Wildlife Refuge in every state, and one within an hour's drive of most major cities - so chances are there may be one near you.

National Wildlife Refuge System

The sun may be going down soon, but for a lot of birds, that's when the action starts! Many bird species migrate at nigh...
05/13/2020

The sun may be going down soon, but for a lot of birds, that's when the action starts! Many bird species migrate at night and rest during the day. You can see live migration tracking through BirdCast all night tonight, and get an idea of whether the birds are headed your way! https://birdcast.info/live-migration-maps/

May is #WetlandsMonth and a great time to celebrate the importance of wetlands to birds, especially waterfowl. The Prair...
05/12/2020

May is #WetlandsMonth and a great time to celebrate the importance of wetlands to birds, especially waterfowl. The Prairie Pothole region is a glaciated landscape of shallow basins covering more than 5 million acres of land in Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. The region is so important to millions of migrating canvasbacks, mallards, pintails, gadwall, teal and other waterfowl, that it is called America’s "duck factory." (Photo: A wetland at Kulm Wetland Management District in North Dakota is teeming with waterfowl. Credit Krista Lundgreen/USFWS).

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mamas out there!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mamas out there!

How is your World Migratory Bird Day going? Are you doing anything to celebrate? Photo: Matt Tillett/ Creative Commons
05/09/2020

How is your World Migratory Bird Day going? Are you doing anything to celebrate? Photo: Matt Tillett/ Creative Commons

It’s a big day in the world of birds tomorrow—both Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day are taking place! Are you...
05/08/2020

It’s a big day in the world of birds tomorrow—both Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day are taking place! Are you participating in one or the other, or both?

Over the past century, waterfowl hunters have helped create and conserve millions of acres of wetland habitat that not o...
05/07/2020

Over the past century, waterfowl hunters have helped create and conserve millions of acres of wetland habitat that not only provide places for a wide diversity of wildlife to thrive, but also help in flood control and water purification efforts, and create significant economic stimulus for rural communities. To celebrate our waterfowl hunting heritage, the Federal Duck Stamp Contest will now require a hunting element in the contest entries: https://go.usa.gov/xvGHX (2019-2020 Duck Stamp Image, (c) USFWS)

Burrowing owls are the only owls in the world that live underground, which unfortunately makes them especially vulnerabl...
05/05/2020

Burrowing owls are the only owls in the world that live underground, which unfortunately makes them especially vulnerable to habitat conversion. Several partners are working hard to coordinate the beloved Phoenix Downtown Owl Program: a volunteer-based effort to build artificial burrows for displaced owls, educate Phoenix area residents about the birds, and engage the community in conservation activities. https://go.usa.gov/xvvrv (Photo: A burrowing owl inspects the new entrance as soon as workers have left. Photo courtesy of Jenohn Wrieden/Wild at Heart Raptor Center).

Have you seen any migrating warblers this weekend? You might find magnolia warblers like this one in shrubs or smaller t...
05/03/2020

Have you seen any migrating warblers this weekend? You might find magnolia warblers like this one in shrubs or smaller trees, looking for insects to fuel up on. Photo: Matt Tillett/Creative Commons

05/01/2020

Congratulations to Abby Gilreath, 16, of Nebraska , for winning the Conservation Message Contest in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Contest. Her message: “When we practice conservation, we protect not only our wildlife but our health and environment for future generations” is sure to inspire others to be a part of our conservation legacy. Learn more about the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest: https://go.usa.gov/xvVGj #DuckStamp

Congratulations to Meijia Tang, 16, of Maryland, for taking third place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Contes...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to Meijia Tang, 16, of Maryland, for taking third place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Contest with this acrylic and oil rendition of northern pintails. Learn more about the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest: https://go.usa.gov/xvVGj
Image of artwork © USFWS. #DuckStamp

Congratulations to Chowon Kim, 17, of New York, for taking  second place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Conte...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to Chowon Kim, 17, of New York, for taking second place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Contest with this acrylic depicting a hooded merganser. Learn more about the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest: https://go.usa.gov/xvVGj
Image of artwork © USFWS. #DuckStamp

Congratulations to Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota for winning first place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp ...
05/01/2020

Congratulations to Madison Grimm, 13, of South Dakota for winning first place in this year’s National Junior Duck Stamp Contest! She took top honors in the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest with her acrylic rendition of a wood duck. Her art will be made into the 2020-2021 Junior Duck Stamp, which goes on sale June 26. Image of winning artwork © USFWS. Learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Contest: https://go.usa.gov/xvVGj #DuckStamp

It's windy and stormy out on the east coast, but seeing the eaglet on the eagle cam makes us feel better. The 34-day old...
04/30/2020

It's windy and stormy out on the east coast, but seeing the eaglet on the eagle cam makes us feel better. The 34-day old eaglet has grown so much! The adults are soaked today, but are keeping the baby dry. Watch the live cam here: https://www.outdoorchannel.com/live/eaglecam/326707/0

When is a warbler not a "warbler"? When it's a redstart. Despite the name, the American redstart is a member of the wood...
04/29/2020

When is a warbler not a "warbler"? When it's a redstart. Despite the name, the American redstart is a member of the wood-warbler family, Parulidae. Breeding males have orange patches on a mostly black body that add a pop of color to spring and summer woods. Depending on where you are, you might be able to see one now!
Photo: Tim Lenz/Creative Commons

For all our birders - tonight is forecasted to be a big night for migration so prepare for some awesome bird watching to...
04/28/2020

For all our birders - tonight is forecasted to be a big night for migration so prepare for some awesome bird watching tomorrow! https://birdcast.info/

Here are some great activities featuring migratory birds and more!
04/27/2020

Here are some great activities featuring migratory birds and more!

Even when sticking close to home, you can still have fun learning about wildlife. See puzzles, coloring pages, videos, fun reads and more from USFWS National Wildlife Refuge System: https://www.fws.gov/refuges/learn/ (Photo: “Virtually Wild! Texas” video/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Spring is a great time for bird festivals. Although in-person festivals have been postponed, there are special opportuni...
04/24/2020
Virtual Festivals

Spring is a great time for bird festivals. Although in-person festivals have been postponed, there are special opportunities to participate in virtual festivals like this one. Not hotel room or plane tickets needed! https://www.migratorybirdday.org/virtual-festivals/

Hatchie BirdFest The Perils and Pitfalls of Editing a Birding Magazine by Dawn Hewitt When: Friday, April 24th at 7 pm ET Register HERE Dawn Hewitt is the editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest and …

Even when you’re stuck indoors or keeping close to home, you can still learn about the natural world and entertain yours...
04/23/2020
Learn | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Even when you’re stuck indoors or keeping close to home, you can still learn about the natural world and entertain yourself in the process! Fun reads, wildlife videos and webcams, nature puzzles and games, podcasts and coloring pages all can be good resources to inspire wonder and build nature knowledge at any age. https://www.fws.gov/refuges/learn/

Welcome to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's home for the National Wildlife Refuge System. Nature learning needn't stop when you're stuck inside or keeping close to home.

Looking for real science to do at home? Do your kids or students have questions for biologists that work with America’s ...
04/21/2020

Looking for real science to do at home? Do your kids or students have questions for biologists that work with America’s coolest wildlife species? Tune in to the National Conservation Training Center’s Conservation Connect Facebook Live every Thursday at 1pm EDT. We’ll feature lessons on animals such as eagles, manatees, cool birds, fish and more.

This week the National Conservation Training Center begins featuring tailor-made educational tool kits about wildlife. Each weekly Facebook Live event offers lesson plans and at-home activities for kids. Join us for Conservation Connect on Facebook live at 1pm Thursday, April 23rd for our first event, all about eagles. It’s real science with live interaction from the fish and wildlife workers making it happen. Here is where to find it: https://www.facebook.com/USFWSNCTC/live/

Are you participating in Global Big Day? May 9, people around the globe will be participating in one of the world's larg...
04/20/2020
Global Big Day—9 May 2020 - eBird

Are you participating in Global Big Day? May 9, people around the globe will be participating in one of the world's largest bird watching events. You can participate from anywhere, and even do a virtual group birding event with your friends and family. Learn more here: https://ebird.org/news/global-big-day-9-may-2020

Last May, more than 35,000 people took to fields and forests around the world, reporting more than two-thirds of the world’s bird species in a single day—Global Big Day. Wherever you are in the world, you can be a part of birding’s next world record!

Be like a gyrfalcon!
04/18/2020

Be like a gyrfalcon!

Have you heard of the wingbee before? It starts with a selection of hunters that send in a duck wing or goose tail from ...
04/16/2020

Have you heard of the wingbee before? It starts with a selection of hunters that send in a duck wing or goose tail from every bird they harvest throughout the season. Then biologists and volunteers then review each part to determine the species, sex, and age, which provides an estimate of overall harvest as well as the relative harvest of males and females and juveniles and adults. This wingbee data is fed into population models and helps biologists evaluate and set waterfowl hunting seasons. Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/200415duckwing.php (Photo: collection envelope on a table, Credit Rachel Fisk Levin USFWS)

In March we beware of ides, but in April we celebrate eides. Spectacled eider, by Laura Whitehouse/USFWS
04/15/2020

In March we beware of ides, but in April we celebrate eides. Spectacled eider, by Laura Whitehouse/USFWS

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