WHERE TO BIRD
Birding Field Trips
You will find detailed information on birding field trips on the Events page
and brief mention of the dates and locations on Birding Broward and the Home Page. We look forward to seeing you on the next Audubon adventure!
Birding Broward County
Looking for a local "do-it-yourself" birding adventure? Broward County and the surrounding area host a wealth of opportunities for urban and backcountry birdwatching. Broward County Audubon Society has its favorite birding hotspots. After checking these out, if you need further information, send an email to the author, Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, email@example.com or visit her web site at http://www.birdadventure.com/.
Florida is on the Atlantic Coast flyway for migrating birds going between the Artic and tropical environments. Many migrants either cross the Gulf of Mexico on its western side or fly around it during migration. Because of its warm climate year round many birds are residents. Between the Everglades and the panhandle birds find a wide range of desirable habitats: salt marshes, sandy beaches, pinelands, sawgrass marsh, mangrove forests, hardwood hammocks, cypress swamps, and more. Planning a Florida ecotourism adventure for your next vacation? The Great Florida Birding Trail documents some of the best bird and wildlife watching in the state. Stop first on this website at Birding Florida to see what special events are planned for this coming year.
Birding the USA
Before traveling to other states, check out sources of birding information in each state. Read Birding the USA web page for ideas.
Birding the World
Looking for birds on your life list that are not residents or migrants in the USA, enter Birding the World web page to see a list of naturalist led international birding trips.
Annually many bird species migrate as their food supply disappears, water sources freeze, shelter options lessen, and daylight hours reduce. Migration cannot begin, however, until the young birds have fledged in their breeding range and all birds have eaten extra food for the long journey. Many species double their weight to fuel their migration. Purple Martins, as an example, eat three times their weight in mosquitoes in a day in preparation for the trip.
Generally, birds migrate when the weather and atmospheric structure are good. This means winds are blowing in the direction that they are headed and tail winds are available to increase their speeds. Navigational options for birds include use of the stars, sun, and internal sensitivity to the Earth's magnetic field as their compass(es). They also learn routes from other birds. Often they will use one of the four major flyways in the USA: Atlantic, Central, Mississippi, or Pacific. For information on flyways click here and here.
Birds using powered flight that involves continuous flapping and a level course through the air are often nocturnal migrants. At night the air is calmer or more stable and predators are fewer. These can be viewed with a telescope as they pass by the light of a full moon. Soaring birds, on the other hand, prefer daylight when they can ride thermals of rising hot air.
Blackbirds migrating south.
He published his recommendations in the Fall 2009 issue of the Audubon magazine.
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