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What’s up with our birds?

Warmer winters may result in more birds staying around for winter

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caption A chickadee, also a year-round resident, is a little wary of the squirrel hogging the bird feeder. Chickadees are extremely hardy and will sing even during blizzards.
Mira Dietz Chiasson

Every year, with the turning of the seasons, a vast number of birds undertake the monumental journey that is migration. But in a warming world, their cues to leave may be getting a bit muddled. Birdwatchers have been noticing that certain species seem to be staying around longer. What is happening with our birds, and what can observing them they tell us about our natural world?

caption A song sparrow at Point Pleasant Park, with fluffed up feathers, trying to stay warm. Song Sparrows usually go south for the winter, but this one seems to be staying around.
Rowan Morrissy
caption Blue jays are resident birds, often seen at feeders during the winter months.
Rowan Morrissy
caption Canada geese are an example of a species that usually migrates, but it’s becoming more and more common for them to stay around for the winter.
Rowan Morrissy
caption David Currie, president of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, at Point Pleasant Park.
Rowan Morrissy
caption American Crows are year-round resident of Nova Scotia. Learn more in our full show.
Mira Dietz Chiasson

This piece was part of the Signal radio workshop show. Listen to the full show here:

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