You may have heard about “stopover sites,” those important locations with the habitat and resources that migrating birds need as they travel from their breeding grounds to their wintering grounds.  Do you know if you have an important stopover site near you?  It could be a ridge along which hawks migrate, a coastline where shorebirds probe for invertebrates, a grassland where sparrows search for seeds, or a forest in which landbirds feed on insects.  Perhaps you have been to this site many times, but didn’t realize how important it could be to birds during migration.  Now is a good time to find out whether “your” stopover site is really protected and by whom, and what those who own and care about it need help with to protect the birds that you enjoy watching there during migration.


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