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Birds in the Yellowstone to Yukon Region

Approximately 275 bird species live in or pass through the Yellowstone to Yukon region. These birds belong to a variety of avian groups: shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl, raptors and passerines (perching birds), upland birds and woodpeckers. Some of the species are residents, meaning they breed and live here year-round. Others are migrants that rely on staging and feeding areas in the Y2Y region during their journey, and still others migrate here to breed, nest, and raise their young.

Conservation of birds in the Yellowstone to Yukon region poses a number of challenges because different species have vastly different habitat needs and preferences. Also, as important as breeding grounds and migration corridors within the region are, they don’t mean much if birds can’t find food and security in wintering areas further south or nesting grounds further north, across international boundaries. Thus, Y2Y is building relationships with intercontinental bird conservation agencies and organizations around the world.

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