New regional treaty a boost to migratory bird programs
BY JOHN HARTIG
If Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz were in Detroit she probably would have said, “Lions and tigers and birds — oh my!” recently when more than 50 people, including students from the Ralph J. Bunche Preparatory Academy in Detroit, came to the Detroit Riverwalk in front of the Outdoor Adventure Center to witness Metropolitan Detroit becoming the 29th U.S. city in the Urban Bird Treaty Program.
Detroit may be best known for professional sports, music, and automobiles, but it is also significant on a continental scale for birds. Metropolitan Detroit is located at the intersection of the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways. Detroit Audubon has identified over 350 birds throughout the area. More than 300,000 diving ducks use the lower Detroit River as stopover habitat during their spring migration. The lower Detroit River is one of the three best places to watch raptor migrations in the U.S., where birders have seen over 100,000 hawks migrating in a single fall day. [Read more…]