DEC: Fall Bird Migration underway, all NYS Birding Trail regions complete –

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The fall bird migration is underway:

Fall migration is an exciting time for bird watching. With migrants on the move, your favorite birding spot can change within days, with different species coming and going. All spring and autumn, thousands of raptors migrate, and birdwatchers may see or hear eagles, kestrels, brown hawks, ospreys, broad-winged falcons, and peregrine falcons, among others. The NYS Birding Trail Highlights several hawk watches, including Bear Mountain Hawk Watch at Bear Mountain State Park, Hook Mountain Hawk Watch, and Mount Peter Hawkwatch Trailway, all in the Hudson Valley Section.

It is also important that everyone turn off the lights for birds at night. DEC launched the ‘Curfew’ initiative to prevent non-essential outdoor lighting from affecting the ability of birds to migrate successfully. Many species of shorebirds and songbirds depend on the constellations to help them navigate to and from their summer breeding grounds across the state. Excessive outdoor lighting, especially in inclement weather conditions, can cause these migrating birds to become disoriented, a phenomenon known as fatal light attraction.

While you watch all the migrating birds this fall, complete your I Bird NY 2022 challenge offered to beginners by English and Spanishas well as experienced in both English and Spanish. Don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter The words of a feathera monthly e-newsletter for birding news, updates on the NYS Birding Trail, and upcoming birding events near you.

Visit the NYS Birding Trail – All regions now complete:

Photo credit: Inclusive Woods & Us; equipment provided by REI. Photo provided by the DEC.

Just in time for fall migration, DEC announced the opening of the last three segments of the NYS Birdwatching Trail. The Adirondacks-North Country, Catskills and Southern Tier segments bring the total number of birding trail locations across the state to more than 300, with a variety of parks and other public spaces for beginner birders and experienced.

The Adirondacks-North Country The segment includes 41 locations and offers unique opportunities including the chance to experience large historic camps and views of the high peaks of the Adirondacks while observing boreal species such as loons, willow tits and Canada jays. The Feline Skills segments include 23 locations ranging from forest reserve lands and iconic state parks to a national wildlife refuge and the popular Ashokan Rail Trail. The South level The segment includes 34 sites and is packed with breathtaking scenery, from the deep forests of Allegany State Park to the gorges and towering rock formations of Watkins Glen State Park, Rock City, and State Forests. of McCarty Hill. Visit the NYS Birding Trail website to view a Google map, find other birding trail resources, and more. Keep scrolling to learn more about fall bird migration.

Top photo: Red Shoulder Hawk at Sanibel Island, Florida. Photo provided by the DEC.

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