|Flyways map courtesy Fish & Wildlife Service|
Flyways are heavily traveled routes bird use during migration. During migration, birds tend to follow physical features such as coastlines, mountain ranges and river valleys.
Look over the following list and the map above to see if you live on or near a migration route.
Main Migration Routes in North America
Atlantic Oceanic Route (route 1) This route mostly travels across the Atlantic Ocean. It stretches from Labrador and Nova Scotia to the Lesser Antilles, then through a small group of islands to the mainland of South America. Since this route is almost entirely over water, the only way humans know about it, is through observations on islands like Bermuda and those islands along the way. Birds usually fly this route by both day and night.
This route begins in the Mackenzie River delta in Alaska. Some places in this area, such as the National Bison range at Moise, Montana, have food in such abundance that birds stop here during migration to refuel. This was known as the old Central Flyway.
Information courtesy of: “Migration of Birds: Routes of Migration”,http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/migratio/routes.htm March 09, 2007.
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