by Allan Ishac @

Ornithologists who study migratory patterns say that tens of millions of birds wintering in the southern hemisphere appear hesitant to fly north to summer breeding grounds due to President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban.

“The last weeks of February into early March is when we typically see migratory bird species bulking up on fatty seeds and grubs in preparation for the seasonal movement northward,” said Dr. Rubin Lotanden, Director of Migratory Bird Studies at the National Audubon Society. “This year the birds seem in no rush to begin the long flight to breeding sites in the United States. We suspect the president’s travel ban is making them think twice.”