Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fwd: What's Your Stopover Habitat?

Birdathon theme 2017 announced  " Stopover habitat"

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From: Environment for the Americas <info@environmentamericas.org>
Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Subject: What's Your Stopover Habitat?
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IMBD 2017 Theme - Stopover Habitats
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November 29, 2017
What is Stopover Habitat?
Between the high altitude forests and willow thickets of the Rocky Mountains and the tropical forests and shade coffee farms of Nicaragua, the Wilson's Warbler must fly across a vast geography to find the resources it needs to complete its life cycle. Long-distance migrants like this species evolved to take advantage of seasonal food resources, but they face many challenges and perils during their biannual travels between breeding grounds in the United States and Canada and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean. Some 350 bird species make this daunting trip and need to find places to rest and refuel along the way, just as people do on a long road trip.

These places where birds rest and refuel are known as stopover sites and are as varied as Alaska's Copper River Delta, Venezuela's grasslands, and even the plants, shrubs, and trees you have in your backyard.

In 2017, the International Migratory Bird Day conservation theme will highlight and celebrate the importance of stopover habitats to migratory bird conservation. Do you have a stopover site you would like to see highlighted in 2017? 

Nominate your stopover site by writing info@environmentamericas.org
Celebrate Birds Internship Program Accepting Applications
Celebrate Birds/Celebra las Aves internship program is accepting applications. This unique experience offers students and recent graduates the opportunity to participate in avian research, with a focus on shorebird migration and nesting. Participants also work in Latino communities to engage youth and adults at natural areas and to serve as mentors and role models to other youth. Share this great opportunity with the next generation of Latino conservationists!

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