May 14, 2022 8:00 am
Until May 14, 2022 5:00 pm
May 14 is World Migratory Bird Day – a day that highlights the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
Many waterfowl species such as the Northern Shoveler migrate south in the fall in response to declining open water and food availability. Locations like north Alabama provide suitable habitat and resources in a more temperate climate, allowing them to survive the winter and return north to produce offspring.
In the early 20th century, waterfowl population numbers were at an all-time low. Factors contributing to the decline included a poor understanding of biology, drainage of wetlands, and over-harvesting.
Today, ADCNR’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division operates a waterfowl program dedicated to improving waterfowl habitat and hunting opportunities on public and private lands throughout the state. Learn more at https://www.outdooralabama.com/what-hunt/waterfowl-hunting-alabama.
Photo: Northern Shoveler in Madison, AL by Loralee Manas.