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Rock Hall in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Long Distance Travelers

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2013
1. Long Distance Travelers Marker
Inscription. Much like people travel to their destinations on interstate highways, birds migrate along flyways. Many different roads lead onto major highways. The same is true for flyways: birds fly to the major routes from various starting points and fly to different destinations. The time of migration is determined by various things. Hormones are released the same time each year and trigger a feeding frenzy. A birdís body turns food quickly into fat for their long journey. If they leave too early, they may run out of energy before finishing the trip. Other factors that trigger migration include shorter days, weather, and shortage of food supplies. Unlike highway travelers who depend on roadmaps, birds depend on landmarks, instinct, parental guidance, and the position of the sun and stars. And they donít have to stop to ask for directions.

Travelerís Assistance for the Migratory Bird
Try to eliminate the use of pesticides. Raptors may feast upon animals that have eaten or been infected with pesticides. If the concentration of pesticides becomes high, the raptorís journey ends in death.

Travelers depend on certain spots to stop for resting and refueling. Development changes the rest stops along the highways and flyways. Provide habitat such as native gardens, trees for nesting and roosting, and ponds. Help them refuel by
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2013
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Close up of map shown in the marker above
offering seed, fruit and nectar feeders, and source of water. Donít disturb known nesting and roosting sites.

Roadblocks and accidents cause problems for long-distance travelers.; Migratory birds often run into problems on the their journeys, too. Some collide with tall buildings, communication towers, and windmills in newly developed areas along their migration route. Support placement of towers in non-migratory corridors.

By aiding these birds during their journey, you can make a difference in the success of their trip.
 
Erected by National Wildlife Refuge System.
 
Location. 39° 2.683′ N, 76° 13.283′ W. Marker is in Rock Hall, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Eastern Neck Island Road. Click for map. The marker is at the entrance to the refuse. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hall MD 21661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birds of Prey-Hunters in the Sky (here, next to this marker); Clever Ruse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Wickliffe (approx. 1.8 miles away); Bowlingly (approx. 5 miles away); a different marker also named Bowlingly (approx.
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2013
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5 miles away); Enemy Occupation (approx. 5.1 miles away); Maryland's Eastern Shore (approx. 5.1 miles away); Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway (approx. 5.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rock Hall.
 
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2013
4. Long Distance Travelers Marker
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By Don Morfe, October 27, 2013
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. 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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