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Declining Rainfall Is a Major Influence for Migrating Birds

Environment  (tags: Rainfall, Migrating Birds, environment )

- 2996 days ago -
Instinct and the annual increase of daylight hours have long been thought to be the triggers for birds to begin their spring migration. Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, however, have found that that may not be the case.


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Rajee Seetharam (138)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:42 am
Noted with thanks...I love bird-watching!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:59 am
Thanks, funny the research they can find funding for.

Carol H (229)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:09 am
noted, thanks Anna

Jo-Ann Harris (85)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:47 am
Thanks Anna and noted. Up here in Canada our Canadian Geese are on the return home. It's so awesome to see them fly overhead in their V formation. Yes they do arrive in bunches. We have a pair that have come back to their nesting site just 2 minutes from my house. This wildlife is just awesome. They are the few that migrate such long distances in the spring and fall.

Regina P (63)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:34 am
Noted . Thank you Anna

Cindy C (125)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9:23 am
thank you for an interesting article and it has been noted.

Trequl M (170)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9:33 am
Noted with thanks.

Helen Avila (166)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 9:57 am
noted thanks

John Y (67)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:29 am
Thanks Anna.

Rose K. (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:40 am
thanks for the info

Robert O (12)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 11:56 am

Shannon Hudgens (18)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:31 pm
noted thanks!

Natividad P (104)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 12:57 pm
Noted. Thank you for the info Anna

Mary T (178)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:16 pm
Noted, Thanks Anna I love birds.

Justin R (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:34 pm
Thank you, this was very interesting but not with out a tuck at my heart.

Roger G (148)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 1:46 pm
noted thanks

Sherry D (47)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:04 pm
I enjoy listening to the geese when they fly over our house. We have all kinds of birds in our area, including Bald Eagles, Owls, Crains and Hawks. We get massive rain fact it is still very wet, cold and gray here in the pacific Northwest. Birds are sweet and fun to watch. I have watched blue jays and crows hide food in my pom-pom tree in the back yard. CUTE!

Krasimira B (175)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 2:14 pm
Noted with interest.

Carol C (97)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:45 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Joy M (168)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 3:45 pm
Our rain fall is behind this year too, I put water out for our Red and Blue birds daily...

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:28 pm
Weird, we're getting more rain than usual here and we're still losing bird populations!

Linda Thompson (3)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 4:48 pm
notrd and shred- some othat rainwter is toxic for hem, I think

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:24 pm
Thank you Anna for another fine article. Love birds. Their like wings of heaven.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:27 pm
i have learned something new and interesting. awesome thanks

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 5:28 pm
This is MORE PROOF THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL AND THE EFFECT IT IS HAVING!! i F THE BIRDS DO NOT MIGRATE ON TIME, THEY WON'T BREED, becausethey will not have enough time in their breeding territories to raise their young up enough to be strong enough, for the flight back to food and warmth!!! THIS IS VERY REAL , MY FRIENDS!!! Thankyou!

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 6:50 pm

David C (75)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:11 pm
interesting article....

Ann L (15)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 7:56 pm
I agre.e with you Shelly P. The geese are back, but other birds usually seen now, have only started to appear. I try to feed them all summer, so they can get their young one's ready for the fall trip. Not sure if it helps, but we nee to do something.

Susanne R (236)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:39 pm
More victims of climate change: the birds and the people who look forward to seeing them every year. ! Thanks for the interesting post, Anna!

Myron Scott (70)
Tuesday April 5, 2011, 8:41 pm
Migratory warblers are late appearing and comparatively few this spring in Arizona.

Myron L.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 1:21 am
Thanks for the information.

Elizabeth M (65)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 8:12 am
Thank you for this very interesting article Anna.
Some of the flocks of geese are back here in North West Alberta, but I am afraid there is not that much open water for them yet and temperatures are remaining below zero at night.I feed the sparrows and finches all winter and have to get a squirrel free feeder for the blue jays. I was giving them peanuts. but the competition from the magpies and the squirrel was I guess a little much, so happy someone else in the area is successfully feeding them. I just love to watch all the birds.The cranes and the ducks should be here soon!!!

Tim L (0)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 5:26 pm
Noted & thanks

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 6:53 pm
We must all do what we can to help in any way we can, my mom always put out in the yard leftover rice, bread, vegetable for any Animal that was hungary and a bird bath for any Animal that was thirsty, I do the same.

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 10:57 pm

Jill Vickerman (416)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 6:16 am
Thanks Anna, the availability of food would be a very strong factor as to when to go or not.

Janin S (25)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 6:38 am
Noted, thanks

Danica R (0)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 8:14 am

David E (1)
Wednesday April 13, 2011, 2:07 am

SANDRA R (145)
Thursday April 14, 2011, 4:03 am
Noted. Thank you Anna.
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