International Migratory Bird Day
International Migratory Bird Day celebrates the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America.
The event, which takes place on the second Saturday in May each year, encourages bird conservation and increases awareness of birds through hikes, bird watching, information about birds and migration, public events, and a variety of other education programs.
IMBD was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Now under the direction of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IMBD continues to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird -- its journey between its summer and winter homes.
Held May 13, the theme for International Migratory Bird Day 2006 was "The Boreal Forest: The Bird Nursery of the Americas".
North America’s boreal forest encompasses about 5.9 million square kilometers and stretches from Alaska to Newfoundland. The region includes one of the world’s largest intact forests dotted with lakes, rivers, and wetlands. More extensive than the Brazilian Amazon, the Boreal offers refuge to grizzly bear, caribou, wolverine, gray wolf, and a variety of other resident wildlife.
The region’s importance, however, extends far beyond Canada and Alaska to the Lower 48, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Billions of birds of over 270 species migrate long distances from these locations to the Boreal where they nest and raise young in what is known as North America’s Bird Nursery.
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