Seasons change, as they do, birds and other wild animals migrate from one place to the next to find food. Many birds follow the twists and turns of the Mississippi River as they journey from the northern United States to their winter breeding grounds in the south. The river provides rich habitats along the way, including abundant plantlike, an ample supply of water and lots of tree cover.
Highways in the sky
When Old Man Winter visits each year, birds in North America take flight. As they head south to their winter feeding ground and then north again in spring, they follow flyways-or highways in the sky. There are four primary flyways in North America. These routes do not have strict boundaries. In fact, there are several locations where two or more flyways overlap.
The Mississippi Flyway
The Mississippi flyway begins in Canada and follows the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf region is a crucial stopover point as birds move throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Over forty percent of the countryís migratory birds, use the Mississippi flyway. Thatís one reason we see lots of healthy bird populations in Helena make the Helena River Park your favorite spot for bird watching all year long.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Explore our Top Outdoor Destinations (here, next to this marker); The Mississippi River Defines Helena (here, next to this marker); Those who have come before (here, next to this marker); The River Connects communities (here, next to this marker); The Helena Bridge (here, next to this marker); Does the River ever flood? (here, next to this marker); The Blues Trail: Mississippi to Helena (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); KFFA 1360 Helena (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Helena.
Also see . . . Birding in Arkansas. The Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Brown-headed Nuthatch, prefer an open pineland forest, while the Bachman's Sparrow inhabits dry, open pine or oak woods with a scattering of scrub. (Submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 1, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.