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Songbird Migration


Picture of a Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole

As the fruit trees of New England begin to bloom in May, the Baltimore Orioles come swooping in from their winter homes.

Baltimore Orioles prefer winter habitats that offer mature trees and thick understory. They thrive in shade-grown coffee plantations in Southern Mexico and Central America.

As agricultural practices continue to remove the natural habitat in lieu of flat, sunny ground, they are quickly losing their winter homes.

More Birds

Many of the songbirds we enjoy in our yards every summer spend their winters in the rain forests of Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Each spring, millions of these tiny birds return to our bushes, trees, and gardens seemingly out of nowhere. These amazing little world travelers have flown thousands of miles. Many fly nonstop. Others rest and eat during the day and fly at night with the stars as their guide to their summer homes in the United States.

View a Complete List of Migrating Birds

Threats to migrating birds

The National Humane Society reports that migrating flocks have declined by nearly 50 percent since the 1960's. It is believed that changes made to our natural landscapes, such as clearing and fragmenting forests and draining wetlands and clearing rain forests for sun-grown coffee in wintering locations have contributed greatly to this trend.

The National Wildlife Federation reports that over the past 20 years, a portion of our migratory birds have shifted their migration times and patterns, often leaving early for their northern homes and migrating to areas that they have not traditionally frequented. They attribute this to the climate change known as global warming.

Your help will make a difference!

So what can I do?

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