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International Migratory Bird Day


Tens of millions of birds are expected to swing into the city over the next few weeks.
Tens of millions of birds are expected to swing into the city over the next few weeks.

Staff writers

May 11, 2012 — Saturday is International Migratory Bird Day in North America. The event is timed to coincide with the migration of tens of millions of birds back to North America, with the Lake Ontario area a major stop.

Saturday is International Migratory Bird Day, and there are few better days for bird-watchers to look to the skies for feathered friends returning after the winter.

The date --- the second Saturday in May in North America --- is chosen to coincide with the thick of the annual migration, which usually sees tens of millions of birds of varying species making their way back to the north. The idea of a day to celebrate migratory birds originated with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre as a way to promote conservation.

While you may see more bird activity around this time of the year, the majority of the migrations will usually take place at night, with birds stopping during the day to rest and recover their strength before continuing on to breeding and nesting grounds.


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