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article imageInternational Migratory Bird Day: Celebrating The Return Of Our Feathered Friends

By Nikki Weingartner     Apr 21, 2008 in Environment
The snow has melted for most people as sounds of preparatory labour have begun filling the air alongside the many other signs of spring's arrival. International Migratory Bird Day is a day to stop and celebrate the avies return to their Northern homes.
On May 10th, countries from the United States, Canada, Mexico and many others across the Western Hemisphere will be celebrating the migration of over 300 species of birds. These beautiful winged animals travel thousands of miles to both their Southern and Northern homes, dependent upon those humans who care about their survival.
Winter Birds
Winter Birds
Nikki W (Karateblossom)
This annual event will be celebrating its 15th year of honouring the journey.
More recently, two stories here on Digital Journal have been written about migratory birds, one about urbanization and their decline and another story by our ever-diligent environmentalist, Bob Ewing, who shared with the public how a Canadian company planned on changing the Migratory Bird Act.
Studies show that the numbers of migratory birds are declining, as several factors such as biofuels, pollution and urbanization are destroying their natural habitats both along the path of migration and in their Northern and Southern breeding and non-breeding homes.
Male Cardinal
Male Cardinal
Nikki W (Karateblossom)
female cardinal
female cardinal
Nikki W (Karateblossom)
Driving along the road, glance up and take a moment to see how many of these feathered creatures are taken for granted around you. On May 10th, think about where those beautiful herons or snow geese spent the cold winter.
Heron
Heron
Nikki W (Karateblossom)
In several years, they may not be around.
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