Small patches of vegetation help migrating birds rest and refuel.
The research was conducted by landscape ecologists from Ohio State University and is focused on understanding how urbanization affects migrating birds. They attached temporary tags to Swainson’s thrushes to study their local movements. Urban tree cover proved to be very important areas for birds to forage for food. Migrating birds spend a lot of time resting and recovering when they stop. Remnent forests in urban spaces have value, even small patches. (2010) BBC News Science & Environment
Landscape Ecology July 2010