Spring migration is upon us! This beautiful Indigo Bunting dropped into the Institute’s gardens this morning, just arrived from its northward migratory journey. These birds winter from southern Florida to northern South America, traveling 1200 miles to breeding grounds in eastern North America. Like most songbirds, Indigo Buntings travel under cover of darkness – a strategy that keeps them safe from most predators – using the stars to guide them. They even have an internal clock that allows them to adjust their flight path and track particular stars as they move across the night sky.
Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll see more and more migrants here at the Institute. It’s a great time to visit and see who you can find!
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