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Warbler Migration: an extraordinary journey

Blackburnian Warbler

More than 4 billion birds are about to begin an incredible journey from wintering grounds in the tropics to breeding grounds in North America. Some of these birds will fly thousands of miles and cross oceans along the way, only to land in the same spot they departed the previous fall.

We are excited to be going to the southern shore of Lake Erie in May to witness one of the most incredible parts of this epic journey. Each spring tens of thousands of warblers descend on the wetlands bordering the southern shore of Lake Erie to rest and feed before they make the non-stop crossing of the Great Lakes into Canada. Places like Magee Marsh have become world-famous because of the density and variety of warblers and other migrants who pause their journey in these wetlands.