Green Sanctuary Corner: May

May’s Theme – Bird Migration

Migration is the regular seasonal movement along a flyway between breeding and wintering grounds. It is generally a movement north and south. The birds move from areas of low or decreasing resources (usually food and nesting areas) to areas of higher or increasing resources. The majority of land birds migrate at night. Migratory birds contribute important environmental benefits, including pollination, disease and pest control, carrion disposal, and seed dispersal.

  • Websites that provide information about bird migration:
  • Videos:
    • Untamed – bird migration – PBS
    • Dialogue for kids – bird migration – PBS
    • Follow a bird migration story – Audubon for kids
    • Bird migration map – The Wildlife society
    • “Bird migration, a perilous journey” (Alyssa Klavans) – TedEd Lessons worth sharing – YouTube.com
  • Resources for the effects of climate change on bird migration:
    • Fish and Wildlife Services – FPS.gov
      • Migratory bird treaty
      • Why conserve migratory birds
      • Economic and societal significance of birds and bird conservation
      • History of bird conservation
    • How will climate change affect bird migration – birdlife.org
  • Migration and birdwatching in Pennsylvania:
    • pgc.pa.gov – Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Books:
    • You can find a list of books and bird migration at Amazon