In the United States and Canada, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is celebrated in May. Justin Pepper of the Audubon Chicago Region shares his insights about this special time of year, when birds like this Blackburnian Warbler are on the move. “It’s awe inspiring to realize that our neighborhoods are playing a critical role in supporting this incredible movement,” he says. “And it reminds you to pause and to realize this is a big and complicated world that we live in – we don’t have it all figured out, and that’s fine!”
Savor the Sight of Migrating Birds
Featuring Justin Pepper
Interview and story by Chris Peterson
This is BirdNote!
[Spring morning in an eastern forest]
Justin Pepper, acting director of Audubon Chicago Region, remembers the thrill of watching PBS stories on the great migration of wildebeest in East Africa. But then he discovered an equally impressive migration through his own backyard.
“There are these incredible jewels that come sweeping through the tree tops in spring and in fall…[song of Magnolia Warbler]. You may have Magnolia Warblers, or American Redstarts or Blackburnian Warblers may be comin’ through.”
“It’s awe inspiring to realize that our neighborhoods are playing a critical role in supporting this incredible movement…”[song of Magnolia Warbler]
“Occasionally as I’m walking in to work, someone will stop and see me staring up into a treetop in the spring and…yell out “Warblers?” It’s nice to be reminded that we all can choose to connect up with this…”[song of Yellow Warbler].
Seeing migrating birds helps Justin savor life.
“And it just reminds you to pause and to realize this is a big and complicated world that we live in – we don’t have it all figured out, and that’s fine!”
Many communities will hold International Migratory Bird Day events during the next few weeks. Find links at birdnote.org. [return to spring in an eastern forest at dawn]
Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Song of Magnolia Warbler  recorded by M. Medler; ambient drawn from Yellow Warbler  W.L. Hershberger; song of Bobolink  recorded by A.A. Allen.
Spring morning birdsong in an eastern forest [Essentials 46] recorded by Gordon Hempton of QuietPlanet.com.
BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2013 Tune In to Nature.org May 2013 Narrator: Mary McCann
ID# migration-15-2013-05-10migration-15Marantz IV Tracks 17 & 18