|Wilson's warbler at Woodland Park|
It is true that bird migration is a global biological spectacle in which all inhabitants of planet earth are securely immersed. My vantage point at any given time provides a tiny snapshot of an event that spans two continents and, as the crow flies, about 10,000 miles from the southern tip of South America to the northwest corner of Alaska! Now, the majority of the birds that I was watching on this sunny day in mid-May likely covered only about 4,000 miles to get here after wintering in the forests of northern South America. No small feat!
|Chestnut-sided warbler at Woodland Park|
Some of the best news for all of us during this month of May is that, what I experienced at Woodland Park this morning is not unique to Woodland Park! Wherever each of us are, whether in a city or a countryside, we can take a moment to let the welcome of wild spaces wash over us in the form of bird migration.
|Scarlet tanager at Woodland Park|
I encourage you to go spend time in some wild space so you can enjoy the incredible biological spectacle of bird migration, even if its just a 10 minute walk through a small local woodlot. You may even feel inspired to submit your bird observations to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's global database for bird observation and conservation, eBird.org.