Stretching from the frozen tundra of remote Canada to the very southern tip of Argentina, the Atlantic Americas Flyway is a major migration route spanning 46 countries, and used by nearly 400 species of birds. Sadly, two of these may already have gone extinct – and more will follow unless we act now.
This summer, America’s migratory birds will put their lives in danger to start a family.
They’ll travel the length of the Americas, South to North, in an effort to reach their breeding grounds.
But sadly, many will die needlessly along the way.
Photo: Shorebirds Bahamas © Walker Golder
Exhaustion. Starvation. Persecution. Our birds know the risks. But many of these deaths can be prevented.
Up and down the Americas, vital habitats are being destroyed senselessly, leaving these tiny birds with nowhere to rest and refuel.
Only BirdLife can give these birds the coast-to-coast protection these birds need. Donate now to help us save them.
Photo: Red Knot stretching wings © Shutterstock
In the Bahamas, important migratory bird stop-over sites and wintering grounds continue to be identified and protected. The greatest challenge is to effectively manage the sites to ensure that they can provide a productive and safe environment. This is achieved through invasive species management, habitat restoration, and enforcement of protections for these ecosystems.
Much of Colombia’s mangroves, wetlands and Andean forest have been lost to agriculture and infrastructure – but we’re developing bird-friendly alternatives in key biodiversity areas.
The current political and environmental scenario and interest in predatory use of natural resources threaten one of Brazil’s outstanding refuges for migratory shorebirds – and want to strip Lagoa do Peixe of its protected status. We’re not going to let that happen.
The presence of pets, people and vehicles are scaring off the exhausted birds that arrive at San Antonio Bay, denying them the rest they need for the next leg of the journey. With your help we can turn this around.
The region of the Georgia Bight is vital to migrating shorebirds, but is being damaged by human activity. Manomet is working across state lines to preserve this valuable resource.
What is a ‘Flyway’?
Think of flyways as a kind of highway for birds. These are major routes that migratory birds of various species use, year in, year out, because they have learned they can rely on them for places to rest and feed.
BirdLife has identified eight major Flyways, including the Atlantic Americas Flyway, which hugs the east coast of America. Select a project to discover how BirdLife is protecting its passengers from take-off to landing.