Skip to page content
USDA Forest Service

Research & Development Treesearch

Treesearch Home
About Treesearch
Contact Us
Research & Development
Forest Products Lab
International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Pacific Northwest
Pacific Southwest
Rocky Mountain
Southern Research Station
Help - We Participate  Government Made Easy

Global Forest Information Service

US Forest Service
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C.

(202) 205-8333

You are here: Home / Search / Publication Information
Bookmark and Share

Publication Information

View PDF (438 KB)

Title: Landbird migration along the Middle Rio Grande: Summary of banding data from spring and fall 1994

Author: Yong, Wang; Finch, Deborah M.; Cox, Steve W.;

Date: 1995

Source: NMOS Bulletin. 23(6): 64-77.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

Description: Northbound and southbound movement along major waterways is characteristic of migratory birds nesting in North America. It is likely that river corridors are more important to migrating birds in arid parts of North America than in humid, more heavily vegetated areas (Wauer 1977). Although quantitative analyses of landbird migration along the Rio Grande corridor are not reported in the literatUre, the use of the Rio Grande as a migratory route by landbirds is a wellrecognized behavior of southwestern birds. The riparian habitats along the Rio Grande are potential stopover sites for migratory landbirds that use the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain "flight route" (Ligon 1961, Lincoln 1979). In central New Mexico, hot desert conditions prevail during a good portion of the spring and fall migration (personal observation). The availability of food, water, cover, and suitable north-south routing along the river may be critically important and strongly influential in directing migration of landbirds (Ligon 1961, Stevens et al. 1977, Wauer 1977, Finch 1991).

Keywords: landbird migration, banding data, riparian habitats, Middle Rio Grande

Publication Notes:

  • We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
  • This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
  • You may send email to to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)



Yong, Wang; Finch, Deborah M.; Cox, Steve W. 1995. Landbird migration along the Middle Rio Grande: Summary of banding data from spring and fall 1994. NMOS Bulletin. 23(6): 64-77.


 [ Get Acrobat ]  Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility

USDA logo which links to the department's national site. Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site.