Loop 1: Station 7
In spring and summer numerous species of migratory birds can be seen and heard in the woodlands and wetlands of LCNP. These include the scarlet tanager, cedar waxwing, and indigo bunting. Throughout the forest northern cardinals, blue jays, and Carolina wrens are year-round residents.
Each of these bird species require unique combinations of the basic features of habitat: food, cover, water, and space. A diverse array of habitats at LCNP, make this an exceptional birding environment.
In 2010 National Audubon and the International Partners in Flight designated LCNP as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance. This distinction identifies LCNP as part of a global network of places recognized for their outstanding value to bird conservation. The rusty blackbird nests in Canada in summer but is found here at LCNP in winter.
What is special about the rusty blackbird?
Rusty blackbird populations are in steep decline in North America due to loss of critical habitat. LCNP has been recognized as an important bird area, partly because it has the largest overwintering population of Rusties east of the Mississippi.
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