The birds are on the move 

Melanie StatenOur Town Outdoors

Spring is here and our migratory birds are starting to fly home. Many birds migrate south for the winter to find food because they primarily eat insects or fruit. Over the next few weeks millions will be returning north, passing over our homes on their way to northern breeding grounds.

They fly at night to avoid overheating and spend their days in our trees looking for food. Join the UT Arboretum Society via Zoom on Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. as Michelle Campanis, education coordinator at the University of Tennessee Arboretum, and naturalist Stephen Lyn Bales give us an overview of migratory birds in East Tennessee.

Here’s a fun fact you will learn: did you know that if the Blackpole Warbler were burning gasoline instead of body fat it would be getting 720,000 miles per gallon!.

The program is free, but registration is required to receive your Zoom link and the recording. Closed captions are available. Register here. Please contact Michelle here for any questions or registration issues.

To contact Stephen Lyn Bales or buy one of his UT Press books, email him here.

Melanie Staten is a public relations consultant with her husband, Vince.


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