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BirdSleuth K-12 What is migration? Migration is the large-scale annual movement of all or some of a population between breeding (summer) and non- breeding (wintering) grounds
American Goldfinch Cedar Waxwing Killdeer Red-winged Blackbird House Wren Yellow Warbler America n Robin
BirdSleuth K-12 Are American Robins truly harbingers of spring?
BirdSleuth K-12 Migration Pros and Cons Pros: – Escape the harsh winter – Better chances of finding food during the winter Cons: – Migration is dangerous – Resident birds get first pick of nest sites Winter’s a drag. I’m heading to find some insects! Migration sounds scary! I’ll stay here.
BirdSleuth K-12 Why do any birds migrate? Natural selection favors traits that help an organism survive and reproduce. There’s more than one way to success. Different birds have different strategies. survival reproduction
BirdSleuth K-12 They need food! Winter: Food is scarce in much of North America, and abundant in the tropics Summer: A bountiful feast of insects in North America—especially important for feeding young
BirdSleuth K-12 Stay or Go? Tropical ResidentsMigrants Temperate Residents Survival Rate High survival rate (avoid hazards of migration and harsh winter weather) Moderate (due to hazards of migration) Low survival rate (due to cold and starvation) Number of Young Raised per Year Few young raised (food for young is less abundant) Many young raised (due to abundant food in breeding areas) Many young raised (due to abundant food)