North to Alaska

May 17th, 2012 · by Garrison Frost

Ever wonder where all our birds go when they head up north in spring migration? Across the U.S., millions of birds that go north for the nesting season head to Alaska. One place in particular is in the spotlight just now: the National Petroleum Reserve­–Alaska. Located on Alaska’s North Slope along the coast of the Arctic Ocean, the Reserve is the largest public land unit in the U.S.—at more than 22 million acres, it’s about the size of Indiana. Audubon is getting involved in the planning process for how new oil and gas leases in this landscape will be balanced with the needs of birds. You can help — visit Audubon Alaska’s page on the subject to learn more. (photo of Brant pair by USFWS)

Categories: Bird Habitat · Pacific Flyway · Pacific Migration · spring migration

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  • Anonymous

    The Tricolored Blackbirds, ” Five Dollars For Five Birds.” The simple fact is that it takes money to save these birds and all other birds and animals, and children too. The biggest givers in the written history of the world has been the “middle-class” of America. Sadly, so many are tapped out and feel unable to give. So; save just one bird and send one dollar. You get it: if one million people did just that and did it from time to time it would make the difference. Factor in the 49 cents to post a check and off it goes. Relatively speaking, let us consider the sum that has and will be spent on the political elections. They say it will add-up to at least two billion smackers. That is one hell of a lot of money. Send a dollar, save the beauty of our world, send another buck to a group like Focus Adolescent Services and save an American child, send a buck to Wounded Warriors and help one of our troops. That comes to $3.00 plus postage and an envelope; the same that many spent today for a cup of coffee, a soda pop, or that tasty extra hamburger at lunch. This is small when we know that the few bucks will be used honestly. Break out your check book, save a bird, save a child in America, and help a veteran. When we all do this at a dollar at a time, just a dollar; a can of Coca Cola costs that or more, ( I know they are no longer that 5 cent green bottle). This is doable. This most all of us can do without having to turn the piggy-bank up-side down.