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.