The U.S. and Canada are celebrating a milestone in wildlife conservation: a century of protecting migratory birds. “It’s hard to imagine the North American continent without egrets, ducks, hawks or songbirds, but at the turn of the 20th century, that’s the way things were looking,” said Dan Ashe, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more about what actions the two countries took to protect these migratory birds: https://goo.gl/p4CBDu
What's the Pacific Flyway? The Pacific Flyway is a north-south bird migratory route along the Pacific Coast in the Americas. It extends from Alaska in the north to Patagonia in the south. Millions of birds make their way every year along all or part of this route. Among the shorebirds that are indigenous to the area are the long-billed curlews. A favorite stop for their spring stay is the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, where the curlews spend 2-3 months courting, mating, nesting and raising their young. Today marks the traditional date when the long-billed curlews arrive at Umatilla. Upwards of 500 of the long-beaked shorebirds have been spotted here during the nesting season.
"Be like the bird that, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings." — Victor Hugo