by Kathy Ross
Migratory birds are some of the most beautiful, observable and remarkable wildlife that share our world. Some, like our American Redstart and Swainson’s Thrush, travel thousands of miles from winter homes in Central and South America, Mexico or the Caribbean to summer breeding grounds in US and Canada. They brave an increasing number of environmental and human caused threats along the way as well as in their destination habitats. None the less, spring and fall, they persevere year after year. It is in their genetic makeup. And although we have, through research, learned some of what drives these arduous migrations, it remains an inspiring mystery.
What started in this hemisphere, as International Migratory Bird Day, has now become a world-wide May celebration. Not only does it foster appreciation of migratory birds, but it is a call to action and this year that is more important than every in the United States. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, our nations cornerstone bird conservation law is being weakened and threatened by our present government leadership. Add your voice to the discussion. Let your legislators know that our migratory birds and their habitats, deserve our continued protection.
Then take time to appreciate each new spring arrival. Join one of our field trips! All of Flathead Audubon field trips this time of year focus on many of our migratory avian friends as well as our resident birds. Also in May, Pablo Community Bird Festival is a great way to participate in a celebration of migratory birds.