Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America

Migratory Bird Flyways

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and it's partner agencies manage for migratory birds based on specific migratory route paths within North America (Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific).  Based on those route paths, state and federal agencies developed the four administrative Flyways that administer migratory bird resources.  Each of the flyways has a Flyway representative and assistant which work for the DMBM.  Each flyway also has a Council, consisting of representatives from state and provincial agencies.  These councils serve to direct the hunting regulations process.  The Councils are advised by Flyway technical committees consisting of state and provincial biologists who evaluate species and population status, harvest, and hunter-participation data.

Flyway Map Credit: USFWS

Atlantic Flyway

Central Flyway

Mississippi Flyway

Pacific Flyway


Last updated: June 29, 2012