Fall Migrations in the Great Lakes

October 9, 2009


GilletteFish and flocks of birds migrate in the fall. It is a season of changes around the Great Lakes. Peregrine falcons fledged their young long ago and they are gone but they will return to the same nest each spring, year after year.

The seagulls however stay as well as many birds that visit our bird feeder such as cardinals, blue jays and chickadees that brave autumn and winter weather.

We often see bald eagles floating on cakes of ice looking for fish in Lake Michigan or at the end of the pier waiting to swoop down on a fish. After DDT was banned, these fish eating birds made a comeback around the Great Lakes indicating a healthier environment for all species.

Read about DDT and the return of eagles in The Dynamic Great Lakes, a critically acclaimed book.

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