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Where Do Birds Go?

Question: There are lots of birds on the prairie. Where do they go in winter? Do some birds stay on the prairie?

Answer: Bird migration corridors, or flyways, link American Prairie to habitats across the Western hemisphere: Swainson's Hawks travel 8,000 miles from the Glaciated Plains to Argentina, Long-billed Curlews leave Big Sky Country for the Gulf Coast and California, and Sandhill Cranes move through the region on their long trek between Alaska and Northern Canada to Mexico and Texas. Alternatively, Sage Grouse and Sharp-tailed Grouse live on the prairie year-round thanks to a windswept winter landscape and shrub-filled diets. The Rough-legged Hawk is unique in that it shows up only for snowy months, easily hunting its prey against a white backdrop.