Each year, thousands of predatory birds fly over Oswego County for Spring migration. To highlight those feathered friends and the 350 species on the move worldwide, we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, an educational program that encourages people to preserve bird stopovers and help prevent habitat loss.
Ted Fox, Director of Rosamond Gifford Zoo joined us this morning along with Stellar the red-tailed hawk. Stellar came to Rosamond Gifford Zoo in 2003. He was hit by a car when he was just a few months old, and his left wing is never recovered fully from the accident and is why he has not be released into the wild again. He can fly but the injury would impact his ability to hunt.
Locally, people can help migrating and nesting birds by keeping their cats indoors and providing food and fresh water. Some of the birds returning now include red-wing blackbird, American goldfinch, our New York State bird the eastern bluebird, and the ruby-throated hummingbird. Here in Central New York, we’re near migration routes for lots of raptors like hawks, ospreys, vultures, eagles, and even falcons, so this is the perfect time for raptor watching.
If you are a bird lover, be sure to stop by Rosamond Gifford Zoo. For more information, visit rosamondgiffordzoo.org.