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Wings Across the Americas Learn about the organizations we partner with to conserve habitats for migratory species.

Learn how our partner Asociación Civil Armonía in Bolivia is supporting the conservation of migratory shorebirds:
01/09/2024

Learn how our partner Asociación Civil Armonía in Bolivia is supporting the conservation of migratory shorebirds:

Cover Photo: Buff-breasted Sandpipers flying over the Barba Azul Nature Reserve. Teodoro Camacho, Armonía. Many species of shorebirds migrate thousands of kilometers from the Arctic, passing through Central America, to their winter grounds in South America. During these migratory cycles, they need ...

01/05/2024
USFS partner Asociación Civil Armonía shares results from their shorebird survey in Bolivia and the impact of el Niño:
01/03/2024

USFS partner Asociación Civil Armonía shares results from their shorebird survey in Bolivia and the impact of el Niño:

Cover Photo: A Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) making a stopover at Barba Azul Nature Reserve in Beni Bolivia. Teodoro Camacho, Armonía. Long-distance migratory shorebird monitoring in Barba Azul Nature Reserve, supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Neotropical Migratory ...

We love it when our U.S. biologists can travel to South America to witness the amazing phenomenon of long-distance migra...
12/22/2023

We love it when our U.S. biologists can travel to South America to witness the amazing phenomenon of long-distance migration first hand and make note of the habitat we all must work to conserve. WHSRN

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Last week, we teamed up with the Urban Adventure Squad for an amazing outdoor experience- all about migratory birds. Ove...
12/06/2023

Last week, we teamed up with the Urban Adventure Squad for an amazing outdoor experience- all about migratory birds. Over 80 enthusiastic 5th graders joined us as we learned about bird identification, the use of binoculars, and the importance of migratory birds in urban settings. These young explorers spotted various birds, from mourning doves to hawks, turning them into avid bird enthusiasts.

Stay tuned as we continue to nurture these budding ornithologists and explore the wonders of our natural environment together.

We're on Instagram! Give us a follow :) In the spirit of being thankful, last week we hosted an event at the Bancroft El...
11/27/2023

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In the spirit of being thankful, last week we hosted an event at the Bancroft Elementary School, where students, parents, and teachers reflected on why they are thankful for trees. Every participant got the opportunity to create a tree tag, where they could write or draw what they appreciated about the trees in their neighborhood. How cool! Here are some pictures of our lovely participants and their very creative tree tags!!

New overwintering research studies are underway at Pismo Beach and Vandenberg Space Force Base.  Collaborative working g...
11/13/2023

New overwintering research studies are underway at Pismo Beach and Vandenberg Space Force Base. Collaborative working groups are leading the way with support from Monarch Joint Venture and The Xerces Society

These projects build off the recent Western Monarch Overwintering Science Meeting. More information about each research project coming soon! https://www.xerces.org/publications/fact-sheets/western-monarch-overwintering-science-priority-themes

We, Forest Service International Programs, are proud to be supporting the initiative with Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program.

Photo credit: Isis Howard/Xerces Society

Students in the Experience Ambientalia program celebrated Migratory Bird Day at Mono Lake. The students hope to meet the...
11/09/2023

Students in the Experience Ambientalia program celebrated Migratory Bird Day at Mono Lake. The students hope to meet their peers from Argentina's Mar Chiquita this summer. Mono Lake Committee Fundación Líderes de Ansenuza

Lee Vining students participating in the Experience Ambientalia program celebrated World Migratory Bird Day on Sunday, October 15. In partnership with the

We had a BLAST last week hosting the Migratory Bird Fair at the Lakeland STEAM Center in Baltimore!  It was inspiring to...
10/31/2023

We had a BLAST last week hosting the Migratory Bird Fair at the Lakeland STEAM Center in Baltimore! It was inspiring to see so much participation by community members, educators, parents, and students (big shout out to the folks at Lakeland STEAM Center!) at our event which featured engaging activities to enhance understanding of the importance of migratory birds— especially (and even!) in urban settings. Enjoy these photos from our event and stay tuned for more migratory BIRD events in Baltimore!

Lakeland Elementary School

10/30/2023

There are ways to put an abundance of leaves to good use if homeowners opt to work with nature rather than against it, advocates say.

Our partner Bat Conservation International joined our program meeting today to share a fantastic presentation on why bat...
10/17/2023

Our partner Bat Conservation International joined our program meeting today to share a fantastic presentation on why bats are so vitally important to the world's ecosystem and economy.

Here's one example: https://www.batcon.org/batsandagave/ : Bats & Agaves: A Love Story.

Enjoy the story and then please find out how you can help bat conservation. The Bat Conservation International website is a great place to start for information.

Bats and agaves rely on each other for survival. Protecting and restoring agave habitat is critical, not just for bats, but for the ecosystems and communities that rely on them.

I’m south of Lima Peru today with Naturalist Journeys, LLC. First at the fishing village of Pucusana near the Humboldt C...
10/07/2023

I’m south of Lima Peru today with Naturalist Journeys, LLC. First at the fishing village of Pucusana near the Humboldt Current, where we saw more than 200 Sea Lions, 6 Humboldt Penguins, and two black, red, white, and yellow birds: Inca Tern and Red-legged Cormorant. Lunch included Ceviche and Arroz con Mariscos. Then off to Pantanos de Villa marshes where we Siete Colores, the Many-colored Rush-Tyrant and two belligerent American Oystercatchers protecting a newly hatched chick. Finally, I delivered materials for World Migratory Bird Day (October 14) to Priscila Pellissier Pérez to support the Urban Bird Education Programs in Peru. Pretty good day!

Each year Wilson's Phalaropes fly from Canada to Argentina, one of the longest migrations in the world! Learn how USFS a...
09/27/2023

Each year Wilson's Phalaropes fly from Canada to Argentina, one of the longest migrations in the world! Learn how USFS and partners are working to connect partners at saline lakes along their route. Audobon Society Mono Lake Committee Fundación Líderes de Ansenuza Aves Argentinas WHSRN

Key stopovers at Great Salt Lake and Mono Lake allow for 10000 mile migrations.

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we're excited to highlight the Monarch Release event, that took place this month a...
09/25/2023

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we're excited to highlight the Monarch Release event, that took place this month at the venue of our amazing partner--El Valor in Chicago. This butterfly is a powerful symbol within Hispanic communities. Known for its remarkable migration, the Monarch butterfly is seen as a representation of endurance, resilience, and transformation, mirroring the journeys that many Hispanic families have undertaken in search of new opportunities and a brighter future. The Monarch butterfly's remarkable journey is a testament to the strength and adaptability that defines Hispanic heritage.

Enjoy the photos from this heartwarming event!

, El Valor

Talk about the power of collaboration-- U.S. Forest Service partners including the students and staff of Madison & High ...
09/21/2023

Talk about the power of collaboration-- U.S. Forest Service partners including the students and staff of Madison & High School (Madison, OH), worked together to weld and repurpose a salvaged tower to serve as a base for a new MOTUS Station on the school roof (big shout out to maintenance staff who helped!) The station can help scientists learn more about migratory species. Photo shows one of the Madison High School students, Carson, who worked on the project!

The project even made it into the Madison Schools newsletter: https://www.madisonschools.net/view-all-news

09/20/2023
Check out this short piece from our partner Gitty Korsuize about BATS and how to counter the bad reputation they have--d...
09/14/2023

Check out this short piece from our partner Gitty Korsuize about BATS and how to counter the bad reputation they have--despite the plethora of benefits they bestow on our environment!

Bats — “they live in the dark, they eat your blood, they fly in your hair, and they spread diseases like Ebola”. At least that is what stereotypes have painted them to be Most people do not know much about bats. Since COVID-19, the reputation of bats is even worse than before. But bats have .....

09/12/2023

Festivals are a fantastic way to engage a community, and our friends Corbidi - Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad know how to make learning about migratory birds fun.

Every year, about 20 species of migratory shorebirds travel more than 3,000 miles non-stop from the United States to the coasts of Peru and other South American countries.

Festival goers in Lambayeque, Peru now know how to support a habitat to keep these birds thriving.


A big shout-out to Ami Thompson Consulting LLC, Dr. Melissa Sanchez & Sandra Hunt-von Arb for their incredible dedicatio...
09/07/2023

A big shout-out to Ami Thompson Consulting LLC, Dr. Melissa Sanchez & Sandra Hunt-von Arb for their incredible dedication to teaching students at Madison High School all about dragonfly migration! With the students, they caught Green Darners and glued Motus Tags on them- and now let the data pings begin as they fly south. Crossing fingers they ping the tower at Madison High School!

Check out the photo of a Green Darner dragonfly sporting its Motus tag!

Grassland birds are declining fast -- faster than any other type of bird. A 2019 study found grassland bird populations ...
08/31/2023

Grassland birds are declining fast -- faster than any other type of bird. A 2019 study found grassland bird populations had fallen 53% since 1970, compared to overall bird loss of 30%, in the continental U.S. and Canada.

The below article tracks the loss of grasslands habitat and what some of our partners are doing to try and save birds and the grasslands they depend on.
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

North America's grassland birds are in trouble 50 years after adoption of the Endangered Species Act as habitat loss, land degradation and climate change threaten what remains of a once-vast ecosystem.

Protecting migratory birds requires working across international borders and safeguarding all of their habitats.  Emily ...
08/29/2023

Protecting migratory birds requires working across international borders and safeguarding all of their habitats. Emily Anthes of the New York Times outlines the need and the connections 👇

Many of the birds that spend their summers in the United States are preparing to fly south. Here’s where they’re headed — and why it matters.

Please join us today!!! August 29. Details below!
08/29/2023

Please join us today!!! August 29. Details below!

Les recordamos que mañana a las 9:00 am estará iniciando una serie de webinars sobre gestión del fuego. Mañana martes 29 de agosto, inicia el US Forest Service con la presentación de Andrés Najera. Se transmitirá en vivo en la página de Facebook de Alianza para la Conservación de los Bosques de Pino-Encino de Mesoamérica.

24-hour daylight is coming to an end in the U.S.’s most northern community, Utqiaġvik, Alaska. From May to July some of ...
08/01/2023

24-hour daylight is coming to an end in the U.S.’s most northern community, Utqiaġvik, Alaska. From May to July some of the most intrepid migratory birds raised their young in the 29,000-acre tundra. 4 migration flyways emanate from Utqiaġvik, reaching as far as Mexico, Central and South America, and even Asia.

1. The Western Sandpipers are currently moving across the Americas Pacific
2. Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers across the Midcontinent
3. American Golden-Plovers across the Atlantic flyways in the Western Hemisphere
4. Dunlins (subspecies arcticola) are traveling to the East-Asian Australasian, all the way to Taiwan and Japan.

The birds are a marvel. View them and the tundra below.

Pictures by Abril Heredia.

Behold the power of collaboration and innovation:  the talented staff & students of Madison High School helped to design...
07/27/2023

Behold the power of collaboration and innovation: the talented staff & students of Madison High School helped to design and install a Motus station on their campus! The station tracks migratory species--birds, bats & insects as they traverse vast distances. The US Forest Service is supporting this effort to advance our understanding of the migration mystery!

Did you know that dragonflies embark on migratory journeys? In order to better understand how these incredible insects m...
07/18/2023

Did you know that dragonflies embark on migratory journeys? In order to better understand how these incredible insects move, we are catching dragonflies, attaching MOTUS radio trackers to them, and releasing them back to their habitat. Here is a picture of a practice attempt of attaching a tracker to a common green darner.

Our team is gearing up to join our partners Lakeland Community College, Cleveland Metroparks, Western Reserve Land Conservancy, and Ami Thompson Consulting LLC this summer, where we aim to attach trackers to various migratory dragonfly species. By collecting data and insights, we're paving the way for future international migratory dragonfly conservation and research initiatives. Stay tuned for cool dragonfly pix!

07/18/2023

🎉It is with great enthusiasm we share that Todd Waters has received the University System of Maryland Board of Regents’ Staff Award for his “Extraordinary Public Service to the University & Greater Community.”

Todd has been a leader in implementing the educational and land grant mission of our university, using insects to educate students and the public about STEM. Since 2017, Todd has maintained a blistering pace with the Insect Zoo. The zoo has been featured in approx. 100 events, reaching approx. 10,000 people. In this short time, he has had an immensely positive influence on learners from across academic environments. Read some examples of Todd's impact here🦂🦂🦂 https://entomology.umd.edu/news/waters-recognized-for-extraordinary-public-service-to-the-university-greater-community

What's the connection between between Mono Lake, California; Mar Chiquita, Argentina; and Great Salt Lake, Utah?? Migrat...
07/14/2023

What's the connection between between Mono Lake, California; Mar Chiquita, Argentina; and Great Salt Lake, Utah??

Migrating shorebirds!! 🐦🦆

Thanks to the talented Argentinian artist Franco Cervato, larger-than-life Wilson's Phalaropes now adorn the side of community centers in Argentina and the U.S.

The murals highlight the interconnectivity of Mar Chiquita, Mono Lake, and Great Salt Lake and the valuable ecosystems that need protecting.

More than just sharing mural art, the communities housing them are coming together to share science, monitoring, management, education, and outreach. Their goal is to continue to see the wonder of huge flocks of phalaropes visiting their saline lake.

Thanks to all the amazing supporter of this project:
Mono Lake, California Utah Dnr Fundación Líderes de Ansenuza Manomet WHSRN Embajada de Estados Unidos en Argentina Aves Argentinas Natura Argentina Andaluhe Posada

We are looking for a migratory species storyteller! 🐦🦋The opportunity is open to students who will be enrolled in colleg...
07/06/2023

We are looking for a migratory species storyteller! 🐦🦋

The opportunity is open to students who will be enrolled in college for the 2023-2024 academic year.

10 hour per week commitment.

Deadline to apply is July 31st.
More details in the link below 👇

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The joy of paying attention and of chance encounters. 🐦🐦🦅
06/27/2023

The joy of paying attention and of chance encounters. 🐦🐦🦅

Being on the inside looking out is definitely and happily for the birds.

“I’m loaded with a lot of information to use with my students and I have a new appreciation for birds and learning about...
06/23/2023

“I’m loaded with a lot of information to use with my students and I have a new appreciation for birds and learning about them. The scientific inquiry experience will help my students discover questions and hypotheses for science fair project preparation."

-- Northeast Ohio Teacher, said after participating in our Migratory and Urban Bird Institute 3-day interactive workshop last week.

Teachers learn how to integrate bird education into classrooms and outdoor learning.

Students learn about the ecology around them and the scientific process through birding and discovery. Everyone gets outdoors, and bird conservation takes a step forward.

With Lakeland Community College University of Minnesota Extension Rep. Dave Joyce

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