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All About Birds: Migration
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All About Birds: Migration

Most of North America’s 650 birds species migrate, or change locations, during the course of a year. The distances they cover can be long or short, and the journeys often occur in response to climate or resources, such as food and nesting sites.

Explore what makes birds hit the flyways, how they navigate, and more.

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