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significantly to our knowledge of migratory birds (see below).

How can you help?

Learn more about and enjoy Georgia’s neotropical migrants

Improve backyard habitat for birds by providing

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Food – plant flowering and fruiting plants, nectar and seed feeders

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Water – dripping birds baths or small backyard ponds

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Shelter – wide variety of plant structure from the ground up, brush piles

Limit your use of chemical pesticides in your yard

Keep your cats inside

Join a local or national bird conservation organization

Support Georgia’s Non-game Wildlife Program with direct contributions, tax check-offs, or by purchasing Wildlife Tags for your vehicle.

Learn to be a responsible consumer. Purchase products produced in the Tropics that do not harm neotropical migratory birds. A good example is Shade Grown Coffee.

    Prairie Warbler by Deb Zaremba

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If I leave hummingbird feeder up in the fall will it keep the birds from migrating?

No.  Day length triggers migratory behavior, not the availability of food.  In fact, by leaving hummingbird feeders up year-round you have the chance that a rare western hummingbird will visit your yard. Several species western hummingbirds winter in the southeast in small numbers.  If hummingbirds visit your feeder in winter, you should report them to the Rare Bird Alert, because they will not be the Ruby-throated Hummingbird, our one common breeding species.

What should I do if I see a baby bird on the ground?

Unless there is either an immediate threat (a stalking cat), or an obvious injury, leave the bird where it is.  Adult birds stay with their young even after they leave the nest.  Most birds’ first attempts at flight are not an unmitigated success, so most will

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