Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas
By Valerie Rose Redmond
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2013 with a focus on bird life cycles. This year’s theme details all aspects of a migratory bird’s life, from migration to breeding, nesting and raising young.
A Great Blue Heron (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by Mike Sweet)
Habitat conditions in one season can effect the survival and nesting success of birds in another season. 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 (May 12 in 2013), any day can be one 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.
Join IMDB at Neal Smith or find an International Migratory Bird Day Festival near you! 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