Local Organization Takes Part in International Migratory Bird Day

The Lake Meredith National Recreation Area lead three bird walks and participated in the "Global Big Day" bird count in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) today.

"Helping Birds Along the Way" was the theme for this year's bird day.

This all in celebration of the migration of nearly 350 bird species between their nesting habitats in North American and wintering grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

This year, IMBD celebrates the importance of stopover sites, refuges where migratory birds rest and refuel before continuing their migrations.

Because flights can stretch thousands of miles across continents and oceans, the birds depend upon a handful of resource-rich and strategically located habitats to acquire the energy-rich fat stores they need to survive.

"The marshes and grasslands of Lake Meredith provide critical stopover habitats for the survival of migratory waterfowl and songbirds," said Lake Meredith National Recreation Superintendent Robert Maguire. "Providing healthy habitats during these long migrations are essential to migratory birds," continued Maguire.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/lamr

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