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Date:
May 14, 2022
Time:
7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Location:

San Damiano

Address:
4123 Monona Drive
Monona, WI 53716
Cost:
Free- bring your own binoculars if you have them
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World Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Come to San Damiano in the early morning to watch for migrating birds. Field guides are provided by Mary Murrell, who is on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and writes/records the WVMO Bird Report.

World Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in May (May 14th in 2022) as migratory birds journey to nesting sites, however, we encourage you to celebrate when the timing is best at your location. Every day is Bird Day! 

WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY 2022 IS FOCUSING ON THE IMPACT OF LIGHT POLLUTION ON MIGRATORY BIRDS.

Most birds migrate at night. They have been doing this for eons, as a night sky typically means calmer air space and fewer predators. Nocturnally migrating birds include ducks and geese, plovers and sandpipers, and songbirds of all kinds. These birds may travel thousands of miles between their breeding and non-breeding grounds.

However, the night sky is under threat. Artificial light is increasing globally by at least two percent a year, presenting a problem for birds. Light pollution from homes, businesses, and other infrastructure attracts and disorients migrating birds, making them more likely to land in dangerous areas where they are more vulnerable to collisions and predation. Artificial light also impacts birds in the breeding and winter seasons, disrupting feeding and other vital behaviors.

In 2022, the impact of light pollution is the focus of World Migratory Bird Day, an annual global campaign that celebrates the migration of birds across countries and continents. Throughout the year we will spread the message to “dim the lights for birds at night” and highlight the steps that individuals, communities, and governments can take to reduce the impact of light pollution on our shared birds.

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