The Mississippi Flyway is named for the great river underpinning the migration route followed by 60 percent of North America's birds, including the American White Pelicans, Least Terns, and Prothonotary Warblers. By restoring habitat from the headwaters of the Mississippi to the Louisiana Delta, Audubon is protecting birds year-round.
From the forests of New England, where birds like the Wood Thrush nest and breed, to the beaches and marshlands that stretch down the coast and provide habitat for Piping Plovers and Saltmarsh Sparrows, Audubon is employing tactics as diverse as this flyway's ecosystems to protect the millions of birds that depend on this flyway.
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Stretching from the Rocky Mountains to the Great Plains to the desert Southwest and the western Gulf Coast, the Central Flyway comprises more than half of the continental U.S.'s land mass and includes 509 Important Bird Areas. Across this expansive flyway, such iconic bird species as the Greater Sage Grouse, Sandhill Crane, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo drive Audubon's work to protect threatened ecosystems.
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