We are the only rehabilitation center for wild birds on the Delmarva Peninsula, an important stopover site for migrating species.
The Magic of Migration
…that’s how far the mighty Hummingbird and millions of other wild birds fly during their annual migration.
Soon, our clinic will be caring for fall migrants, like this Ruby-throated Hummingbird, that will need prompt, professional care during their short window of migration. Please help us today to be ready for the injured migrating birds that will require our care this fall. Together, we can help them get home:
Why do birds migrate? Resources are at the crux of why wild birds migrate. Two important resources play a vital role—food sources and nesting sources.
What triggers migration? Although not thoroughly understood, it is believed that changes in day length, lower temperatures, changes in food supplies, and genetic predisposition play a role.
How far do birds migrate? Some birds, like the Northern Bobwhite, migrate only short distances from lower elevations to higher ground. The Arctic Tern has the longest migration—from the Arctic to the Antarctic, a distance of 44,000 miles per year! Many species’ journeys are in-between.
What are migratory flyways? According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and its partners, they manage migratory birds based largely on routes the birds follow as they migrate between nesting and wintering areas. There are four migratory flyways in the Americas:
Find out more about the magic of migration by clicking on these links:
Patient files: 17-3131, 17-3132, 17-3133 Broad-winged Hawks
Thanks to our supporters, we were prepared when time was of the essence for a trio of Broad-winged Hawks that were struck by cars during their migration. They needed prompt, professional care during their short window of migration, and the cooperative work between our center and another made it possible for these three birds to recover from their injuries and return to the wild in time to complete their journey.
Every bird, during its great journey, stands a risk of sustaining an injury, often from window or vehicle strikes. Tri-State is here to help them heal and set them back on course, but we can’t do it alone.
Thank you for helping save wild birds’ lives!