Every year, dozens of beloved bird species migrate from their part-time homes around the world back to the high desert of Oregon to breed, feed and raise chicks. These birds can fly many thousands of miles in order to get to the land and water they rely on to survive and thrive as a species. Unfortunately, the habitats they travel so far to reach can be threatened by carelessness on our part. Understanding these birds and their needs can help us to do better by them.
Here are five of the many birds who depend on the ecosystems of the high desert — see if any (or all) look familiar!