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Featured Bird for January, 2003: American Kestrel (Falco sparverius)
Cone Marsh Wildlife Area
41.38 N 91.39 W
This marshland area is southeast of Iowa City. Look for King and Virginia rails, Sedge Wrens and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The water levels vary, so you may see lots of waterfowl and shorebirds.
Lake Red Rock
41.39 N 93.00 W
This is where many rare gulls have been seen. In migration you will see loons, grebes and waterfowl. Bald Eagles are easy to see in the winter — check the river below the dam.
Featured Hot Spot:
Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge
28.38 N 80.43 W
Where else can you see space shuttle launches and Mottled Duck at the same time? Over 150 species on the Christmas Bird Count including over 20 species of Ducks. Snowbirds welcome!
Rouge River Bird Observatory
University of Michigan - Dearborn
The primary focus of RRBO is to better understand the importance of migratory stopover sites. Birds traveling thousands of miles on their way to or from breeding and wintering sites need safe places to stop and refuel. What makes birds stop at one site but fly past another? What determines how long they stay? What habitat characteristics and food resources constitute a high-quality stopover site, and are the criteria different in spring than in fall? How crucial is it to the survival of migrant birds to find stopover sites at particular geographical regions?
These questions are critical conservation issues. Many bird populations, particularly those of birds that migrate to the tropics, have been declining at an alarming pace. Our research indicates UM-Dearborn is a very important area for migratory birds. Banding recapture data show in spring, the average stay for 27 select species that stopped over is 3 days.
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