MBT Centennial: Lark Bunting

Apr 12, 2016

Lark Bunting
Credit 2013, Gerhard Assenmacher / Boulder County Audubon Society

This year, 2016, marks the centennial of the first Migratory Bird Treaty, which the United States signed with Great Britain on behalf of Canada. That treaty and the three that followed — with Japan, Russia and Mexico — form the cornerstones of our efforts to conserve migratory birds, like the Lark Bunting.

Grassland birds share similarities. Some winter in south New Mexico and south Texas, but most fly into the northern third of Mexico. They winter in the Chihuahuan Desert that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border in the northern part of the Mexican Plateau. These birds commute north to breed — some as far as the prairies of central Canada, but many brood their young in the shortgrass prairies of the High Plains.


Arvind Panjabi
Dir. International Projects
Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Ft. Collins, CO

Susan Skagen
U.S. Geological Survey
Ft. Collins, CO

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