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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Take a quiz to test your migratory knowledge.

Fall migration is underway. For centuries, birds' disappears and reappearances in the spring and fall were a mystery. But new tracking methods help us learn more about bird migration each year.  

Test your knowledge of where some bird species end up during winter. (And, yes, many will end up in multiple places. The correct answer for each bird is where the majority of overwintering populations stay.)

1. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
A) Central America
B) Western United States
C) Michigan
D) Canada
2. Dark-eyed Juncos
A) Some population don’t migrate
B) Southern U.S. and Mexico
C) Michigan
D) All of the Above
3. House Wrens
A) Some population don’t migrate
B) Southern U.S. and Mexico
C) Michigan
D) All of the Above
4. American Robins
A) Central America
B) Western United States
C) Michigan
D) Canada
5. Red-winged Blackbirds
A) Central America
B) Southern U.S. and Mexico
C) Michigan
D) Canada

1. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds – A) Medium to long-distance migrant. Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds spend the winter in Central America, and most get there by flying across the Gulf of Mexico. Some birds stay in North America along the Gulf Coast, parts of the southern Atlantic coast, and at the tip of Florida; these are usually birds from farther north rather than birds that spent the summer there.
2. Dark-eyed Juncos – D) Resident to medium-distance migrant. Juncos that breed in the U.P and Canada migrate to Lower Peninsula of Michigan to the southern United States in winter. Male juncos are more likely to stay in the north while the female travel further south to Florida.
3. House Wrens – B) Short to medium-distance migrant. Most House Wrens in North America migrate to the southern U.S. and Mexico for winter.
4. American Robins – C) Resident or short-distance migrant. Robins can be found year round almost anywhere south of Canada. During winter Michigan robins move in large flocks to moist woods to avoid the snows and enjoy nut and berry-producing trees and shrubs.
5. Red-winged Blackbirds – B) Short-distance migrant. Southern U.S. and Mexico, as far as about 800 miles from their breeding ranges. Southern and some western populations don’t migrate at all.

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