International Migratory Bird Day Celebrates
the Life Cycles of Migratory Birds
By Valerie Rose Redmond
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2013 with a focus on bird life cycles, May 11. This year’s theme details all aspects of a migratory birds' life, from migration to breeding to nesting and to raising young.
Habitat conditions in one season may affect the survival and nesting success of birds in another. Winter habitats are just as important as nesting sites, and their quality influences nesting success. Stopover sites, the places where birds rest and refuel during migration, are also critical. Sandy beaches, forests, grasslands, and other habitats must be present for birds flying long distances.
While International Migratory Bird day is typically held on the second Saturday in May, any day can be a day of celebration. Celebrate whenever migratory bird arrival happens in your own community or whenever you feel like celebrating birds.
IMBD is an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. Learn more at: http://www.birdday.org/
Use the following interactive maps and websites to find festivals, bird observatories, raptor centers, birding trails or bird camps:
Links to Bird Conservation Plans:
- North American Waterbird Conservation Plan
- Partners in Flight
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative
More Bird Festival Programs!