Virtual Event

Thank you for joining us virtually on May 9, 2020 to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day! Unfortunately, we are unable to host this annual event on our Raptor Trail this year due to COVID-19. To make sure everyone didn't miss out on the fun we thought we would bring the information and activities directly to you in your home. Enjoy! 

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day highlights the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Learn about migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

Get Nose-To-Beak With CRC's Birds Online

Join Kate and our gorgeous Peregrine Falcon as we celebrate Migratory Bird Day! Peregrine Falcons will migrate from Canada and Northern United States down to Mexico and Southern United States for the winter. These guys prefer to nest on cliffs or tall buildings. Peregrine Falcons are some of the most adaptable raptors and can be seen living in large cities as they feast on the pigeon populations!

Meet McKenna and one of our adorable American Kestrels! American Kestrels can be found throughout the majority of North America year-round, except for Canada and the Midwest. Once it gets too cold, these birds will migrate down to Central and South America to spend the winter in a warmer climate. American Kestrels have been seen following dragonfly migrations so they can eat on the go!

Get to know our stoic Broad-winged Hawk with Carol! Broad-winged Hawks live in most of the United States except the Western half and will migrate down to Central and South America. These guys create a river of raptors and they migrate in the thousands to where they spend the winter!

Help Birds Overcome Challenges

Migratory birds can face a lot of challenges when making their journey. Watch and learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of these wild animals. Try the following activity, In a Bind, at home. How do you feel after trying to remove the rubber band from your own hand? How do you think the animals feel when they get trapped in plastic?

Get connected to birds in your backyard by creating a feeder from materials found around your home. Bird feeding is most helpful at times of when birds need the most energy, such as during temperature extremes, migration, and in late winter or early spring, when natural seed sources are depleted.

America’s Most Important Bird Protection Law

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA) is among the oldest wildlife protection laws in America. Since it began this law has helped save millions of birds.

MBTA helps protect birds from people. It makes it unlawful for people to “pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, possess, sell, purchase, barter, import, export, or transport any migratory bird, or any part, nest, or egg or any such bird”

Learn more about this incredibly important wildlife law at

Birds Protected By MBTA

Over 1,000 species of birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Here is the full LIST of the birds protected. Take a look! Many birds have some unusual names. Which name do you find most unusual? Check out some of our favorites:

Blue-footed Booby Long-billed Dowitcher Antillean Mango Common Chiffchaff


Show Off Your Migratory Bird Art

Migratory Bird Day not only inspires us to conserve the natural world, but it allows us to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness that the avian family is made up of! 

Help us show off the amazing birds that are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Choose a bird from the LIST and create a piece of art based on that bird (drawings, paintings, sketches, poems, and sculptures are all welcome)!

Take a picture of your art and submit it HERE. Each person submitting will receive one free admission to the Carolina Raptor Center. All submissions must be uploaded by Monday, May 11, 2020 to receive the free admission pass.

Check out the art submitted by CRC staff!


Learn More About Bird Migration