USFWS Migratory Birds

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 Find us on the web:http://www.fws.gov/birds/index.php
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While wood storks don’t spend much time around human babies, they do have their own little fluff balls to care for.
10/09/2020

While wood storks don’t spend much time around human babies, they do have their own little fluff balls to care for.

The world's fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, usually nests on ledges in really high cliffs. However, some have adap...
10/08/2020
Raising Peregrine Falcon Chicks is a Real Cliff-hanger | KQED

The world's fastest animal, the peregrine falcon, usually nests on ledges in really high cliffs. However, some have adapted well to cities and structures and choose to nest in really tall buildings that offer a similar vantage point. For Annie and Grinnell, this peregrine couple at UC Berkley raised their young in front of cameras and won the hearts of all those who watched them on their parenting journey!

High up in their 300-foot tower penthouse in Berkeley, falcon stars Annie and Grinnell's romance quickly gets real, as they face the tough demands of raising a family. The four eggs Annie lays tell a poignant story of the recovery of a species from the brink of extinction.

10/07/2020
Environment for the Americas

Did you know World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated in the fall too? October 10th is the fall complement to the May celebrations. You can join through Bird Day Live over the next three days! If you do, be sure to share in the comments below.

Join us October 8-10 afor three full days of World Migratory Bird Day activities!

Who wouldn't want to hold these redhead ducklings?! Read more from our biologists who are out in the field banding water...
10/06/2020

Who wouldn't want to hold these redhead ducklings?! Read more from our biologists who are out in the field banding waterfowl and what species they're catching. In North Dakota, they banded mallards, blue-winged teal, redheads, northern shovelers and pintails too. https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/bird-banding/waterfowl-banding-blog.php (Photo: USFWS employee Jessica Bolser holds redhead ducklings during banding operations. Credit USFWS)

Today through October 11th marks the annual Global Bird Rescue. It's a chance to help reduce building collisions for the...
10/05/2020

Today through October 11th marks the annual Global Bird Rescue. It's a chance to help reduce building collisions for the billions of birds who migrate south each fall. To learn how to get involved, visit https://globalbirdrescue.org/

Tonight is another big night for bird migration! Grab some binoculars, get outside and enjoy the nature happening all ar...
10/01/2020

Tonight is another big night for bird migration! Grab some binoculars, get outside and enjoy the nature happening all around you! https://birdcast.info/

Migration alert! More than half a billion birds will be moving around the country tonight! Consider going "Lights Out", ...
09/29/2020
Migration alert: high intensity migration predicted for the night of 28-29 September 2020 - BirdCast

Migration alert! More than half a billion birds will be moving around the country tonight! Consider going "Lights Out", reducing the number of lights outside your home, and drawing the shades, especially after 10PM, to help them on their journeys. https://birdcast.info/news/migration-alert-high-intensity-migration-predicted-for-the-night-of-28-29-september-2020/

The BirdCast model is predicting high intensity migration this evening, with more than half a billion birds on the move! And there will be additional, similarly large flights, in the coming nights! This will likely represent one of the largest series of migration nights of the year in the contiguous...

There are some great events happening this week for the National Wildlife Refuge System's #CommunityInTheWild celebratio...
09/29/2020

There are some great events happening this week for the National Wildlife Refuge System's #CommunityInTheWild celebration. Lots of ways to join in!

This weekend and all next week, show your love of nature by joining our #CommunityInTheWild celebration.
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Sept.26-27: For the Love of Public Lands
Show your passion for public lands by joining a virtual or in-person event near you.
Sept.28 Nearby Nature
Nature is closer than you think. What’s your go-to nearby nature place? Share, post a pic or comment.
Sept. 29 Nurture Your Nature
There is no right way to be in nature. We all have a unique connection with the outdoors that nurtures us. Share yours.
Sept 30. Belonging in Nature
Stereotypes about outdoor experiences inhibit a sense of belonging. Share what makes for a true sense of belonging outdoors.
Oct. 1-2 Feeling a Part of Nature
Tell us what makes you feel welcome outdoors – and what doesn’t.

One of the great spectacles of fall migration is mass movement of raptors. Millions of them pass through a narrow strip ...
09/28/2020

One of the great spectacles of fall migration is mass movement of raptors. Millions of them pass through a narrow strip of land in Veracruz, Mexico, sometimes knows as the "River of Raptors". Thanks to partners like Pronatura Veracruz Asociación Civil and Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association, they have a safer passage down the river! Learn more here: https://pacificbirds.org/.../a-river-of-raptors-in-veracruz/

Congratulations to 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest winner Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, with his acrylic pai...
09/26/2020

Congratulations to 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest winner Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware, with his acrylic painting of a single lesser scaup drake. Clifton bested 137 other artists and took top honors at the nation’s oldest and most prestigious wildlife art event. #WildlifeConservation (Photo: © USFWS )

Second place in the 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest goes to James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, with his acrylic pai...
09/26/2020

Second place in the 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest goes to James Hautman of Chaska, Minnesota, with his acrylic painting of a flock of lesser scaup. Great job! #WildlifeConservation (Photo: © USFWS)

Third place in the 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest goes to Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, with his acrylic p...
09/26/2020

Third place in the 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest goes to Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota, with his acrylic painting of a flock of lesser scaup! Great job! #WildlifeConservation (Photo: © USFWS)

09/23/2020
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

You can watch saltmarsh sparrows being banded in this incredible video, recorded live.

Fall is an exciting time for biologists at the Refuge! We've been anxiously watching saltmarsh sparrows nest on the refuge all summer. Now we're capturing teenagers and adults to gather important data about their health to inform our conservation work. Here, refuge biologists demonstrate the bird banding process, talk about conservation work at Rachel Carson for the species, and answer live questions about the sparrow and its habitat.

It's finally here! The time-honored tradition where art and nature combine to make #conservation history. Join us, and w...
09/22/2020
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds

It's finally here! The time-honored tradition where art and nature combine to make #conservation history. Join us, and watch the 2020 Federal #DuckStamp Art Contest this Friday and Saturday (September 25 and 26) online at: https://fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/duck-stamp-live.php

You may download  score sheets (282KB), a  contest guide book (2.4MB), and a tentative  agenda (1.2MB) to assist you in following along with the judging and learning more about the art entries.

Brown thrashers are some of the larger songbirds you might see on neighborhood lawns, looking for insects with their lon...
09/21/2020

Brown thrashers are some of the larger songbirds you might see on neighborhood lawns, looking for insects with their long, curved bills. Their bright yellow eyes tend to stand out among the browns and whites of their feathers. Have you seen one? Photo: Michael Schramm/USFWS

Our biologists are out in the field and banding waterfowl to collect important data for survival and harvest rates. In M...
09/17/2020

Our biologists are out in the field and banding waterfowl to collect important data for survival and harvest rates. In Maine, our staff have banded a variety of species including mallards, American black ducks, wood ducks, gadwall, and blue-winged teal. (Photo: Mallards and American black ducks in a swim in trap; Sarah Yates holds the first American black duck she has ever banded. Credit Sarah Yates/USFWS). Learn more: https://go.usa.gov/xG5TW

Our staff placed these round traps at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Montana to collect information on waterf...
09/15/2020

Our staff placed these round traps at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Montana to collect information on waterfowl: when the ducks swim in, our folks band the birds and collect data. This helps provide much needed information on survival and harvest rates for waterfowl populations. https://go.usa.gov/xG5TW

We recently spoke to a father and son who share a love of the outdoors and recreational hunting. Gary is an avid outdoor...
09/12/2020

We recently spoke to a father and son who share a love of the outdoors and recreational hunting. Gary is an avid outdoorsman and son Javier shares that connection with his dad. We asked them a series of questions to learn about their connection to the outdoors and celebrate their stories. https://medium.com/@USFWS/just-go-out-and-try-it-cf7a75e211e8

While 2020 is clearly the year of adjusting and adapting plans, it's good to know that Plan B includes some good things,...
09/11/2020

While 2020 is clearly the year of adjusting and adapting plans, it's good to know that Plan B includes some good things, and for us that means banding birds! From Montana to the Dakotas to Maine, our biologists are our monitoring waterfowl to collect data that's important for managing sustainable populations. (Photo: USFWS employee Jessica Bolser with redhead ducklings. Credit USFWS) https://medium.com/@USFWS/even-in-the-year-of-plan-b-that-b-still-stands-for-banding-birds-e178f06ead77

Great birds make for great shots!
09/09/2020

Great birds make for great shots!

Steve Emmons is a morning person, a bird person, a refuge manager and an avid photographer. He took this photo – of an expressive peregrine falcon – at California’s Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. Check out more of Emmons’ photos in the latest installment in our series “Why I Took These Shots” – https://go.usa.gov/xGgdw

Want to know an easy way to help birds during migration? Turn off your lights! Birds can be attracted to or disoriented ...
09/08/2020

Want to know an easy way to help birds during migration? Turn off your lights! Birds can be attracted to or disoriented by the lights of any structure during their long migration. By turning off the lights, you can help them avoid hazardous conditions. (Photo: Indigo bunting, Jim Hudgins/USFWS)

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
09/08/2020

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

What’s in a name…? In addition to scientific and common names, many birds have wonderful nicknames in different regions of the country. On Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the beautiful call of the great blue heron (Ardea herodias) gives it the nickname of a “cranky” while the secretive nature of grebes give them the title of “water witches.”

Photo of a Great Blue Heron: Keenan Adams/USFWS

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