My northern birds left 3 nights ago heading home. What makes them return to the northern breeding grounds? It is time to nest, lay and hatch eggs, then teach the babies to fly. Exactly what is a breeding ground? The birds return to the same location year after year to mate and raise young. They wait until most of winter is over and their frozen homeland begins to thaw. Only in the spring do the insects and grasses populate the north again, which is food source for the birds. Does anybody protect the breeding grounds? Yes, the birds have some friends in high places! In North America some birds and some breeding grounds are protected by: The Bureau of Land Management. Below, I have shared the Wikipedia Info on the BLM. You might want to check out the website to see more about how they help the birds. Also shared, excerpts from the 'Bird' page on the breeding grounds and nesting. You are beginning to see how easy it is to learn something new everyday! Your photostudy is of the Golden Hummingbird who did not leave with the other birds. He is still here and I have no idea what his plans are for the future! Enjoy!
Flocking and other associations
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Territories, nesting and incubation
Parental care and fledging
Bureau of Land Management
Law enforcement and security
Energy transport corridors
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See you next time! Look up for passing birds!