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Dry Tortugas Archipelago
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The cluster of islets off of Florida known as the Dry Tortugas provide some migrating birds with their first landfall.


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From a bird’s perspective, the Dry Tortugas in the Gulf of Mexico can be a lifesaver. Millions of migratory songbirds fly north across the Gulf and Caribbean each spring, headed for North America. If they run into heavy wind and rain blowing down from the continent, the Dry Tortugas provide their first landfall. In a storm, thousands of storm-tossed birds – warblers, thrushes, cuckoos, and others – seek shelter on the Dry Tortugas.

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