International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day Cover

International Migratory Bird Day is an annual worldwide celebration of migratory birds. Carolina Raptor Center's 2016 celebration will be held on May 14, 2016.

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International Migratory Bird Day 2017: Stopover Sites

It can be a long journey between non-breeding sites across the Americas and the Caribbean to nesting sites in the United States and Canada. Annually, for example a Bobolink can travel as many as 12,500 miles roundtrip (20,000 kilometers) between grasslands and rice fields as far south as Argentina to breeding areas in northern United States and Canada. Along the way, birds may need to rest and refuel, and the health and safety of these sites is critical to the survival of migratory birds. In 2017, International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the importance of these habitats and encourages everyone to get involved in protecting these areas. Your own backyard may serve as a stopover site, especially if it provides the food, water, and shelter birds need, along with a haven that is safe from threats, such as free-roaming cats and pane glass. Join us this year as we Help Birds Along the Way!