Migration- Help get them home

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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.

We are in the midst of caring for fall migrants, like this Ruby-throated Hummingbird, that need prompt, professional care during their short window of migration. Please help us today to care for the injured migrating birds that require our care this fall. Together, we can help them get home:

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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:


Will feeding birds discourage them from migrating?
No. A bird’s migratory instinct is triggered by day length. Although a well-stocked feeder cannot overcome that urge, it might provide a needed energy boost during migration.
Clean hummingbird feeders every time you refill them—every three to five days.
Rake the ground below feeders to prevent accumulation of seed waste.
Although birds may not depend on our feeders, we may very well depend on the birds to help us maintain our dwindling link to the natural world.
Humans have little to fear from birds congregating at well-maintained neighborhood feeders. In fact, birds may help with disease control by consuming plant seeds that otherwise would attract scavenging pests, as well as mosquitoes and other insects that carry disease.

How can I help protect migrating wild birds?
Keep your pets under control, and keep cats indoors.
Hang hawk silhouettes, decals, or other ornaments in windows to reduce the chance of impact injuries.
Drive carefully and watch the roadsides for wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk.

Find out more about the magic of migration by clicking on these links:

The Basics of Bird Migration

9 Awesome Facts About Bird Migration

The Evolution of Bird Migration

Bird Migration Patterns – Western Hemisphere!


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!

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