This time of year many of the bird species which breed in the United States and Canada are spending the “winter” in the Neotropics, sharing habitats, which are often very different from their breeding grounds, with the spectacular birds that reside there year-round.  While those of us living in the northern hemisphere may think of the tropics mostly in relation to vacations, it is important to understand and acknowledge how critical all the habitats of these tropical regions—and all the in-country biologists working hard to protect them–are to the survival of our shared birds. Pledge to learn more about the countries and cultures throughout the hemisphere, from Canada to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.  These are all the places where our shared birds visit and reside…and need to survive. For priority long-distance migrants like the Golden-winged Warbler and Cerulean Warbler, the non-breeding period may be a limiting factor for their populations, so collaborating with ornithologists in the tropics is key to the long-term survival of these beautiful birds.

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