Millions of birds have embarked on their annual migratory journeys, welcoming the fall season by traveling to their wintering grounds. Now, bird enthusiasts wishing to follow along with these birds’ travels have an amazing new tool to do so, thanks to the National Audubon Society and partners. The Bird Migration Explorer is a state-of-the-art, free interactive digital platform that combines the intersections of bird research and technology, illustrating multiple types of migration data for bird species that breed in the United States and Canada and winter in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The tool draws connections made by individual birds journeying across the Western Hemisphere, using science contributed by hundreds of researchers and institutions.
Developed in part with the help of one of BirdNote’s Science Advisors, Outreach Biologist Chad Witko, the tool lets you learn more about specific journeys of more than 450 species of birds and gives users insights into the widespread challenges birds face throughout their annual cycle, such as light pollution and power lines.
The routes of more than 9,300 birds captured by tracking devices and shared by scientists across the Western Hemisphere are depicted on the map. Users can choose to see individual birds, learn more about their histories, explore by location, discover human activities and environmental challenges the birds encounter throughout the year, and more – all through a colorful, engaging map and interactive platform.
BirdNote encourages you to delve into the Bird Migration Explorer this migration season. You can find more information, including thorough descriptions of features and tips and tricks when using the map, by visiting this link from the National Audubon Society.
Migratory birds are incredibly important to the health of our ecosystems, but they need help. For more about migration, and how you can help migrating birds, check out Migrations: a BirdNote Daily Special Series.
Image taken from explorer.audubon.org