Spring Migration Underway

Posted on: March 30th, 2018 by Leslie_Zucker

Every spring, dozens of species of landbirds migrate from wintering grounds as far away as South America to their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada. The migration period is one of the most perilous stages in the life cycle for birds, and the widespread loss of stopover habitat where they can rest and replenish their energy is believed to be a contributing factor in the decline in populations for a number of migratory bird species.

A new study has identified the Catskills region as one of the most important stopover locations in the Northeast! And stream corridors are important habitat for birds that seek access to food, rest and water. One thing any landowner can do to help is use native plants in landscaping. Native plants result in well fed birds! To learn more about which Catskill native plants improve wildlife habitat in stream corridors, visit the Catskill Streams Buffer Initiative (CSBI) website. Watershed landowners can also contact CSBI Coordinator Bobby Taylor for free assistance with restoring streamside habitats at bobby.taylor@ashokanstreams.org or (845) 688-3047 ext. 6.

With support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners, researchers from the University of Delaware used innovative analyses of weather data coupled with field surveys to predict potentially important stopover sites for migratory landbirds in the Northeast region. The final report and maps are available in the Northeast Stopover Sites for Migratory Landbirds gallery on Data Basin.