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BirdNote: Connectivity

Nick Saunders

Migratory birds connect the Northern Plains with many parts of the Western Hemisphere. Barn and Cliff Swallows, McCown's Longspurs, this Lark Bunting, and many other birds winter from Central to southern South America.

But their reproduction depends on the bounty of the prairie spring. Disrupting any part of their annual life cycle - breeding habitat, stopover places during spring and fall migration, and wintering habitat - reduces the survival of the species. Learn more at