Migratory Birds

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Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge lies within the Mississippi Flyway—the "highway in the sky" from nesting grounds to wintering areas through middle North America used by vast numbers of migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, neotropical songbirds, and birds of prey. Almost 100 species of birds are known to nest in the area, and over 200 species have been sighted on the refuge. 

Waterfowl usually begin arriving to the refuge in September, including mallards, green-winged teal, shovellers, pintails, gadwalls, blue-winged teal, and hooded mergansers. In some years, over 100,000 to 300,000 waterfowl have been found within the Felsenthal NWR.

During the spring, summer and through early fall, Felsenthal becomes a haven for a variety of songbirds and shorebirds. These birds stop briefly in the fall and spring to replenish energy reserves for the long journey to and from wintering areas in Central and South America. Other birds, such as Northern parula, prothonotary warbler and American redstart utilize the refuges for nesting.