May 10: World Migratory Bird Day WMBD2017

Migratory birds are some of nature’s most magnificent creatures, playing significant ecological, economic, and cultural roles in the U.S. and internationally.
Neotropical migratory birds, sometimes called nearctic-neotropical migrants, are those species that nest in the United States and Canada (“nearctic” region) and migrate south to the tropical regions of Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean (“neotropics”) for the winter.
Migration is predicated primarily upon food resources. Since most insects become unavailable during our harsh winters, insect-eating birds find abundant food resources in the tropics. Many raptor species also follow this migrating food chain. Over half of all bird species nesting in the US are classified as neotropical migratory birds. Some or all of the populations of 338 species which include many of our songbirds, waterfowl, birds of prey, waterbirds and shorebirds migrate each fall to the tropics.
WMBD 2017: Their future is our future
All the activities organized for World Migratory Bird Day are united by a common theme. With the 2017 theme “Their Future is our Future”, WMBD will throw light on the topic of “Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People”.
WMBD 2017 will highlight the interdependence of people and nature, and more especially people and migratory animals – in particular birds, as they share the same planet and thus the same limited resources. The 2017 campaign is aimed at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that birds conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.
Read more about Migratory Birds here
Source: Worldmigratorybirdday, dodpif

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