Spring is in the air... and water! As breeding and nesting season approaches, the sweet serenades of songbirds are becoming more melodious each day, with some birds returning north after migrating hundreds (or even thousands) of miles from their overwintering grounds. Monarch butterflies have also started their epic, multi-generational northern journey from Mexico to Canada. But while these airborne animals get the most attention, did you know many fish species migrate as well? Itís true - swimming and spawning season is a thing too!
Saturday, April 21 is World Fish Migration Day. Itís an exciting opportunity to discover the awesome odysseys that countless aquatic animals pursue. Fish health, of course, is linked to healthy habitats, in addition to water quality and quantity. Plus, fish provide important sources of sustenance for people across the United States and around the world, while also providing hours of enjoyable outdoor recreational opportunities.
Join the fishy fun by participating in an event near you, or visiting a local national wildlife refuge or national fish hatchery. Explore the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Serviceís Fish Migration Station website to learn more about the importance of fish passages, aquatic habitat conservation, and species profiles for numerous and diverse native North American fishes! You may also consider participating in the event online using the hashtag #WorldFishMigrationDay.
Donít let your celebration of fish and wildlife stop there: Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! Participate in outdoor activities across the country and reconnect with nature in your own way. Apply eco-friendly actions and behaviors into your schedule each day. Together, we can each achieve our shared responsibility of protecting and sustainably managing the habitats, plants, and animals upon which we all depend for current and future generations.
For even more nature-inspired involvement, you can share conservation success stories by participating in the Smithsonian Institutionís 2018 Earth Optimism campaign, using the hashtags #EarthOptimism2018 and #ImAnEarthOptimistBecause.