Migratory Bird Day

The Arctic Tern

Today we celebrate the Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea), a magnificent bird with longest migration of any animal in the world.
These lightweight seabirds can travel over fifty thousand miles per year between the Arctic and Antarctica.
Arctic Terns are one of the few birds that can hover. During migration, they are known to sleep in the air while flying! They have a slender aerodynamic shape that makes them agile and graceful fliers.

The population of arctic terns was once on a significant decline because they were hunted for their feathers. Their numbers have been recovering since the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918.

World Migratory Bird Day promotes awareness and celebrates the fascinating journeys of migratory birds everywhere. It is a special day to ask ourselves, what can we do to conserve migratory birds?

Migratory Bird Day

May 13, 2023

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