Dark Skies Help Bird Migration
Port Arthur’s Upper Texas Gulf Coast positioning puts us in both the Central and Mississippi Flyway. That’s a lot of birds. While they love it here and love it that you’ve come here to see them, we want to keep them safe as they head north, and then head back south again. Did you know that most birds migrate at night? Dark skies keep them headed in the right direction.
By the Numbers
It’s a good thing we can spot colorful painted bunting, yellow-rumped warblers and Baltimore orioles in the day time. That’s when they are resting and feeding. Many do all the hard work at night.
Artificial Lights Confuse Birds
Confused birds can collide or circle until dawn. Exhausted birds are vulnerable. Here’s the scoop from International Dark-Sky Association. Read it here.
For more information, look to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dark Skies Program, here.
How Can You Help?
A few easy things can greatly help birds find their way. Here are a few: