Alex Hofner

One of the best things about birds is their comforting familiarity.  Every spring we look forward to seeing their brilliant colors and listening to their delightful songs.  Each year we see the same species of birds in our trees or poking about in the grass.  Yet, we rarely consider that the birds this year may be the exact same individuals as the years before.  It was that thought that preoccupied my mind as I gazed at an American Redstart on the US-Mexico border.  I realized that, later in the year, I would see those remarkable birds again, but this time on the US-Canada border.  It is amazing to think about the journeys these birds make each year, and it reminds us why we love them and why we should work together to protect them. 




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