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International/World Migratory Bird Day 

World Migratory Bird Day 2024World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday of May in Canada and the US (May 11th in 2024), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 12nd in 2024).

What is the longest flying migratory bird in the world?      bar-tailed Godwit

According to the Guinness World Records, bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica), known by its tag number "234684," flew 13,560 kilometres (8,435 miles) from Alaska to the Australian state of Tasmania without stopping for food or rest, breaking the record for the longest non-stop migration of a bird.Jan 5, 2023

In Florida:  The largest grouping of migratory birds seen here are the warblers.  While many have the word “warbler” in their names, others do not.  They do share the distinction of being rather small birds – from the 4 ½ inch Northern Parula to the 6 inch Ovenbird – with most warblers measuring around 5 inches in length. Many warbler names reflect the color of their feathers, e.g., the Black-throated Blue Warbler and the Black-and-white Warbler.  The Ovenbird gets its name from the dome shape of its nest built on the ground.  Identification of warblers is quite difficult, especially for the novice.  During the fall migration bird plumage is less colorful than in the spring when the males are trying to attract a mate. Yellow is a common color for warblers and making note of where on their bodies the yellow is displayed will help in identification. Familiarity with accepted terms for the parts of a bird is also useful when using bird guides.  You may find the yellow on a Yellow-rumped Warbler isn't where you thought it would be. 

Florida supports both migratory birds that stopover within the Atlantic Flyway as well as resident birds, some of which are endemic.  All native bird species are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), regardless of whether they migrate.  No intentional take of these birds, their eggs, nests, or young is permitted without proper authorization.  Habitat loss and habitat degradation continue to be the major threats to bird species in Florida.

Links that may help:

Bird Migration UF/IFAS

FWC Birds

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