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Turner Falls in Franklin County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Waterfowl Migration

 
 
Waterfowl Migration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
1. Waterfowl Migration Marker
Inscription. Following an instinct many thousands of years old, millions of ducks and geese fly south every autumn. Waterfowl finds overwintering habitat in the southern United States, Mexico, and Central and South America. As spring arrives, the birds return to the lakes and marshes of North America, driven by a biological urge to nest.

The Mystery of Migration
How can birds find their way for thousands of miles each way during migration? Scientists believe that birds navigate using the sun and stars, visual landmarks, the Earth’s magnetic field, and gravity. As they migrate, waterfowl follow general routes called flyways, which are shown on this map.

A Rest Stop along the Way
Natural rest stops are important as stopover points because they provide resting and feeding areas all along the difficult journey. Wildlife refuges and natural parks provide seasonal homes and are essential support during the annual migration.
 
Location. 42° 36.567′ N, 72° 33.317′ W. Marker is in Turner Falls, Massachusetts, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue A and 1st Street on Avenue A. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Great Falls Discovery Center. Marker is in this post office area: Turners Falls MA 01376, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Waterfowl Migration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
2. Waterfowl Migration Marker
Distant shot showing the marker
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Songbirds (here, next to this marker); Nature's Puzzle (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain William Turner (approx. 0.4 miles away); Factory Hollow (approx. half a mile away); Leavitt-Hovey House 1797 (approx. 2.7 miles away); Town of Greenfield (approx. 2.8 miles away); Capt. William Turner (approx. 2.9 miles away); The View from the French King Bridge (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Turner Falls.
 
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Waterfowl Migration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 23, 2013
3. Waterfowl Migration Marker
Great Falls Discovery Center
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 356 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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