fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Definition of flyway

: an established air route of migratory birds

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In the marsh, ducks, geese and bald eagles are flourishing across the four major flyways of North America. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 Nearby Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in California and a birder’s delight on the Pacific flyway. Ginny Prior, San Francisco Chronicle, "Suite Spot: Revived hotel blends Old West and casual elegance," 4 Apr. 2018 The flyway is shaped like an hourglass stretching from as far south as Mexico to as far north as Siberia and cinched into an 80-mile-wide stretch in Nebraska. National Geographic, "This Is What One of the Last Great Migrations Looks Like," 17 Apr. 2018 Located along the Mississippi River flyway, the park is a prime spot for bird watching. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stunning Mississippi River views aren't the only reason to visit Perrot State Park," 22 Mar. 2018 We were parked on the wildlife drive in the coastal wetlands of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife refuge, in Galloway Township, N.J., in one of the most active flyways for migrating ducks and shorebirds each fall and spring. Elizabeth Fletcher,, "Personal Journey: Snowy Owl hotspot in N.J. at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge," 9 Mar. 2018 The big chill pushes ducks and geese south as ponds freeze and snow covers grain fields in the north, bringing thousands of birds down the flyways into the South from the Midwest. Frank Sargeant,, "Waterfowling great thanks to the big chill," 9 Dec. 2017 Five other migratory species visit the valley and foothills on their flyways. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Why are hummingbirds flocking to UC Davis?," 3 Nov. 2017 Another clue is that the county sits on a major migratory flyway for 17 bird species, including sand hill cranes and mallards. John M. Barry, Smithsonian, "How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America," 25 Oct. 2017

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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fly·​way | \ ˈflī-ˌwā How to pronounce flyway (audio) \

Kids Definition of flyway

: a route regularly followed by migratory birds

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