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

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As a group, grassland bird species have declined by 53% since 1970. Since tall structures and visual obstructions in ope...
04/15/2021
A Win-Win Partnership with Ranchers that Benefits Grassland Birds

As a group, grassland bird species have declined by 53% since 1970. Since tall structures and visual obstructions in open areas, such as windmills, have been documented to negatively impact grassland birds, we are working with our partners and private landowners to replace windmills with solar-powered pumps that draw water efficiently. This windmill removal project enhanced the ability of local ranchers to sustainably manage their cattle across more than 6,400 acres of rangelands, while also benefiting grassland birds.
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New research has published that found birds make people happier and increase life satisfaction. We had a pretty good fee...
04/13/2021

New research has published that found birds make people happier and increase life satisfaction. We had a pretty good feeling this was the case 🙂 Read more about this study that surveyed 26,000 people across 26 European countries: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12/201204110246.htm (Image: Indigo bunting, Jim Hudgins/USFWS)

We hope you've been able to get the worm this Monday! Photo: Keith Ramos/USFWS
04/12/2021

We hope you've been able to get the worm this Monday! Photo: Keith Ramos/USFWS

It’s Draw a Bird Day! This is a great way to combine your love of art with nature. You can draw your own birds, or you c...
04/08/2021

It’s Draw a Bird Day! This is a great way to combine your love of art with nature. You can draw your own birds, or you could use these drawings and color them in. You can download and share these coloring pages with your friends and family to celebrate Draw a Bird Day with us! Coloring pages made by Mikaela Oles/USFWS

If you love birds, then today is a great day for you. It’s Draw a Bird Day! We drew the birds, and now you get to color them in. You can download and share these coloring pages with your friends and family to celebrate Draw a Bird Day with us!

You can also download the coloring pages here: http://ow.ly/AiQR50EmL0N

Coloring pages made by Mikaela Oles/USFWS

Happy National Walking Day!
04/07/2021

Happy National Walking Day!

Although some of us may have a hard time getting out because of the slump we’ve been in from winter or because of daylight savings, today is a great day to go out because its National Walking Day! We encourage you to walk all our trails, but if you’re like the American Woodcock, you’ll need space where you can rock back and forth while walking.

The American Woodcock walks with a bob to find food on the forest floor. Though it is considered a shorebird, you will find it in young forests and old fields, such as those on Beall North! If you visit the refuge, listen closely for a nasal “peeeent” call either very early in the morning and or around dusk.

To preserve the woodcock, young forests and shrublands must be preserved by preventing natural forest succession. Here at the refuge, we manage successional habitats by cutting, burning, and mowing. By doing so, we are ensuring that woodcocks can keep their breeding grounds while also preserving sources of food for the woodcock and other wildlife.
#americanwoodcock #timberdoodle #canaanvalleynwr #usfws #nationalwildliferefuge

That is QUITE the expression on this great horned owl's face!  (Credit Michael Schramm/USFWS)
04/06/2021

That is QUITE the expression on this great horned owl's face! (Credit Michael Schramm/USFWS)

During the early spring, a lucky observer may discover the nest of a Great Horned Owl. The eggs will hatch one at a time, each egg several days apart from the next, so a big size advantage exists for the oldest chick. In times of abundance, all the chicks may survive and be happy, but in times of scarcity it could be like Thunderdome in that nest: the oldest one's size advantage ensures that at least one chick will outcompete its siblings and make it to adulthood. Sound harsh? Owls are ruthless creatures; just look at the expression on mom's face!

Great Horned Owl, photo by Michael Schramm/USFWS

Just a bright yellow warbler for a sunny Sunday. There’s a good chance one will be appearing near you soon! Photo: Tom K...
04/04/2021

Just a bright yellow warbler for a sunny Sunday. There’s a good chance one will be appearing near you soon! Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Here's a shout out to the all the baseball fans enjoying the #openingday of baseball today! Many teams have bird mascots...
04/01/2021

Here's a shout out to the all the baseball fans enjoying the #openingday of baseball today! Many teams have bird mascots with unique and interesting stories of why the birds were chosen to be mascots. For example, according to Sports Team History, in 1899, Willie McHale, a columnist for the St. Louis Republic reportedly heard a woman refer to the team’s red stockings as a “lovely shade of Cardinal.” He included the nickname in his article and it was instantly a hit for fans. The team then officially changed its nickname from the Perfectos to the Cardinals in 1900. (Northern Cardinal, Tom Koerner/USFWS)

Thank you eBirders! Last week, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that bald eagle numbers have increased to more 3...
03/30/2021
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds

Thank you eBirders! Last week, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced that bald eagle numbers have increased to more 316,000 individuals. What you may not know is that this population estimate could not have been done without the data provided by 180,000 eBirders! Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/210324eagle-population.php

WASHINGTON – Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching an all-time low of ...

Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction – today, they’re soaring strong! From an all-time low of 417 known ...
03/24/2021

Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction – today, they’re soaring strong! From an all-time low of 417 known nesting pairs in 1963 in the lower 48 states, today the bald eagle population has grown to more than 71,400 nesting pairs. This incredible success story results from decades of protection, the banning of the pesticide DDT, and ongoing conservation partnerships that continue to help bald eagles thrive. Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/210324eagle-population.php (Photo Bald Eagle, Credit USFWS)

This trio of bald eagles is back, and their behavior suggested that Starr laid her first egg on February 15, 2021!
03/18/2021
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This trio of bald eagles is back, and their behavior suggested that Starr laid her first egg on February 15, 2021!

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s true for wildlife too! Meet the breeding trio of bald eagles that live along the Upper Mississippi River in Illinois. After successfully fledging two eaglets in June, high winds brought down the trio's nest in August. Luckily the trio wasn't hurt and was able to immediately begin rebuilding nearby. Learn more about their amazing story and how they're doing this year: http://go.usa.gov/xQKDt

Who's feeling green today? Green herons are smaller than their great blue cousins, but they are still great at catching ...
03/17/2021

Who's feeling green today? Green herons are smaller than their great blue cousins, but they are still great at catching fish! Their ability to stand very still for long periods and their coloration mean that you can walk right by one without even noticing--at least until they make a catch! Photo: Michael Schramm/USFWS

We’ve been seeing a lot of tips for providing food, water and nesting materials to animals. Unfortunately, many of those...
03/16/2021
Helping wildlife while avoiding common pitfalls | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

We’ve been seeing a lot of tips for providing food, water and nesting materials to animals. Unfortunately, many of those tips are misguided end up being detrimental to the species we all want to help. Here are a few pitfalls you should avoid and some great alternatives that will help keep animals safe!

Many tips for helping wildlife are misguided. Let's set the record straight! Here are a few pitfalls to avoid and alternatives that keep animals safe.

03/11/2021
National Conservation Training Center

Live updates NOW from the bald eagle nest at the National Conservation Training Center!

NCTC Eagle's Nest Update: Join us for an update from Randy Robinson on the NCTC's Eagle's nest! We will be sharing the live cam and exciting video footage on happenings from last couple of weeks! Have your questions ready to ask in the chat.

Have you seen your first robin of spring? Or did they never leave in the first place? Photo: Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative ...
03/08/2021

Have you seen your first robin of spring? Or did they never leave in the first place? Photo: Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons

Green-winged teal may be the smallest waterfowl in North America, but with their cinnamon and green colored heads, they ...
03/04/2021

Green-winged teal may be the smallest waterfowl in North America, but with their cinnamon and green colored heads, they really stand out! Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS

Imagine the perspective of bird migration from the International Space Station! The Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space...
03/03/2021
International Space Station Images Trace Bird Migrations

Imagine the perspective of bird migration from the International Space Station! The Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space project takes advantage of thousands of images captured by astronauts to give people an appreciation of the migrations many birds undertake across the planet. This project is going to collect information on the curlew sandpiper, black-tailed godwit, lesser flamingo, piping plover, sprague’s pipit, red knot rufa species, and whooping crane. We can't wait to see and learn more: go.nasa.gov/3b6UXcQ

The Avian Migration Aerial Surface Space project, or AMASS, takes advantage of thousands of images captured by astronauts to give people an appreciation of the migrations many birds undertake across the planet.

We know many of you are excellent birders, so let's put your ID skills to the test: what bird is this? Hint: they look a...
03/02/2021

We know many of you are excellent birders, so let's put your ID skills to the test: what bird is this? Hint: they look almost identical so experienced birders rely on a bird’s calls and behavior when making a determination between eastern or western varieties. Extra fun hint: in places where ranges overlap, breeding season turf wars can break out when they can’t get past their language barriers. (Credit Tom Koerner/USFWS)

Harriet Hemenway was a person of strength, commitment and perseverance, and she is one of the very reasons that every ti...
03/01/2021

Harriet Hemenway was a person of strength, commitment and perseverance, and she is one of the very reasons that every time you step outside, you can enjoy the simple joy of having birds all around you. Learn more: https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/200306harriethemenway.php (Photo: Harriet Hemenway. Credit Mass Audubon) #WomensHistoryMonth

One of the most important skills in birdwatching is finding the birds in the first place. Here are some tips: https://ww...
02/26/2021
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Migratory Bird Program | Conserving America's Birds

One of the most important skills in birdwatching is finding the birds in the first place. Here are some tips: https://www.fws.gov/birds/bird-enthusiasts/bird-watching/finding-birds.php

One of the best things about bird watching is that you can do it anywhere! You don't have to travel further than your backyard or a local park, nature center or national wildlife refuge to glimpse birds in their natural habitat.

Calling all budding artists out there! Are you interested in being a part of the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Conservation ...
02/25/2021

Calling all budding artists out there! Are you interested in being a part of the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Conservation Program, but nervous about submitting your artwork? Then please feel free to join (virtually!) the Great Plains Nature Center this Saturday at 11:00 am ET/10:00 am CT. Artist Rachel Roth will help you learn how to draw duck images to make the pictures more realistic. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/GreatPlainsNatureCenter/

Coastal areas are really important bird habitats, but also some of the most threatened areas in the world. These grants ...
02/24/2021

Coastal areas are really important bird habitats, but also some of the most threatened areas in the world. These grants will help birds around the country!

It’s a wonderful day for coastal wildlife & habitat conservation! We’re providing over $27 million to 33 projects in 14 coastal states to protect, restore, or enhance more than 28,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats via the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. An additional $22+ million will be provided by state and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups, and other partners to support these projects: http://ow.ly/SDWy50DJ7aY ☀️ 🌊 🐟

Coastal wetland conservation is critical to ensuring wildlife and coastal communities continue to thrive for future generations. Wetlands serve as nurseries for a wide variety of plants, fishes, and wildlife. They also support clean air and water, flood protection, and outdoor recreation, including wildlife watching, fishing, hunting, boating, and photography.

📷: Washington State Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Stillaguamish Tribe, will protect and restore 537 acres of coastal wetlands that will benefit a wide range of fish and wildlife species. Credit: Washington State Department of Ecology

All those little black-capped chickadees sure are winter superstars! Did you know they can go into regulated hypothermia...
02/23/2021

All those little black-capped chickadees sure are winter superstars! Did you know they can go into regulated hypothermia, dropping their normal daily body temperatures by 12–15°F? This helps the birds conserve energy and store fat over the winter. (Credit: John Carr, USFWS)

If someone offers to take you out looking for snipe, say yes! Wilson's snipe are often hard to find due to their excelle...
02/22/2021

If someone offers to take you out looking for snipe, say yes! Wilson's snipe are often hard to find due to their excellent camouflage, but they can sometimes be found probing for food in marshes. Their eyes are set far back in their heads, giving them nearly 360 degree vision. Photo: Alex Galt/USFWS

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