How Do Birds Fuel Up for Migration?

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Today we’re hearing from Bret Serbin, the Outreach Coordinator for the Long Island Field Office, as she shares how birds prep for long-distance migrations.

As children migrate back into classrooms, their feathered friends are migrating south for the winter.

Geese are among some 350 species of North American birds that migrate long distances for the winter months. Photo by Pixabay

The arrival of fall signals the departure of many migratory birds. Every year, approximately 350 species of North American birds participate in long-distance migration. Many cover thousands of miles to reach their wintering grounds in Central and South America.

Birds as tiny as the piping plover engage in this great migration. The typical adult piping plover weighs less than 2 ounces! Yet these petite plovers travel from their breeding grounds on such Northern shores as Long Island and the Great Lakes to winter in tropical destinations like the Bahamas and Cuba.

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