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Wyoming's Migratory Birds

Did you know that almost half of Wyoming’s birds spend part of each year south of the border?

In a few weeks spring will arrive bringing birds we haven’t seen since last summer. Soon flocks of birds will descend upon us like the colorful tanagers, bluebirds, goldfinches and many other species. These birds are called migratory birds. Migratory birds leave Wyoming in autumn to escape the harsh winter months to go to a warmer area. This may be as close as Colorado or as far as South America on the equator. On a globe can you find the equator? Imagine you were a bird flying from Wyoming to the equator or even Argentina! These birds return to Wyoming to nest in our state to raise a their young, called a brood. To do this they will need good habitat: places to nest and hide; places with seeds, worms and bugs to eat. Since a migrating bird might spend the winter in Mexico and the summer in Wyoming, it needs good habitat in both places. And different kinds of birds need different habitats. They might like the pine forest of the Bighorn Mountains or a field of sagebrush, like the meadowlark, Wyoming’s state bird. Watch closely in the cottonwood trees along the North Platte River, you might see an oriole. But don’t forget some birds stay in Wyoming all year round! What birds do you see in the winter? 

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