Protecting Migratory Birds Requires Focus on Habitat
This year, a team of educators and biologists came together and decided International Migratory Bird Day should focus on habitat restoration. Habitat loss and degradation are major threats to migratory bird populations. To protect the birds, we must restore the ecosystems they call home. Below you’ll find birds that depend upon unique ecosystems for survival, and how you can help.
GrasslandsThe eastern and western meadowlarks are two gorgeous species that lives in open grasslands, meadows and prairies. These native grasslands are disappearing at an alarming rate, causing grassland-dependent wildlife to disappear, too.
WetlandsOne of the most beautiful duck species, the pintail rely on wetland habitat for raising their young. They’re not the only ones. Migratory birds and a handful of other species depend on clean water and healthy wetlands for survival.
YardsRufous hummingbirds are common visitors to backyards with flowering plants. They spend much of the year on the move, and homeowners can support these tired travelers with native plants.
MangrovesYellow warblers winter in areas with mangrove forests and marshes. Everglades National Park is home to the largest contiguous stand of protected mangrove forest in the hemisphere.
Tropical ForestsWe’re losing critical tropical forest and migratory bird habitat at a rapid rate. You can be a forest ally by selecting food and personal care products from companies with zero-deforestation commitments. A list of these companies can be found at www.supply-change.org, and see how they are measuring up at www.forest500.org.
More Ways to Celebrate
- 10 things you can do to help declining migratory bird populations.
- Learn more about migratory birds with fact sheets, coloring pages and more.
- Update your Facebook cover image to highlight migratory birds.
- Find events to get involved with for International Migratory Bird Day.
- Tweet using #IMBD to increase knowledge and raise awareness.