Spring Migration Begins
Although we are currently experiencing our usual bouts with false spring in the Northeast, places further south are starting to see spring migration unfold. According to reports on Journey North, hardy spring wildflowers are pushing up out of the ground and monarchs and other butterflies have been sighted along the gulf coast. Waterfowl, songbirds, and hawks are starting or continuing their migration north to breeding grounds. It's only a matter of time before we start seeing and hearing them in our own backyards.
Many migration journeys cover hundreds and even thousands of miles. Some travel by night, some by day, but all must find food, water, and shelter along the way. Most migrations are made up of many waypoints where animals rest and refuel. Healthy waypoints, free of harmful chemicals, pollution, and disturbances are necessary for survival. We usually think of public lands, barrier islands, community gardens, and other conserved areas as the main waystations for birds and butterflies. Those are the places we visit to observe wild animals, but think of all the schoolyards and backyards (and front yards too) that can be safe havens for animals that migrate.
Here are some tips from the American Bird Conservancy that you can take yourself and share with others to help all migrating species:
Inspire a future bird conservationist
Fuel a Hungry Hummingbird
Protect Birds from Cats
Make your Yard a Paradise for Spring Migration
Turn off the Lights
Give Beach Nesting Birds a Break
Keep your Woods Wild
Buy Bird Friendly Coffee
Paint a Window Warning
Support Laws that Migrating Animals Can't Live Without
Reduce your Plastic Footprint
In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the NH Envirothon Program, the Governor has pronounced 2022 to be The Year of Conservation Education. SCCD challenges everyone to make it a priority to teach yourselves and others about conservation issues in NH this year.