Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

Posted by OCVA / May 11, 2011

From US Fish and Wildlife:

Get outside and enjoy the multiple activities happening around Newport for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on Saturday, May 14. Go Wild, Go Birding” is this year’s IMBD theme, created to celebrate the migration of birds to North American breeding grounds from Southern non-breeding grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Parks and Recreation and local community groups have partnered to offer a wide range of events for all to enjoy.

The Bureau of Land Management is offering a Free Fee Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Yaquina Head provides unique opportunities to see birds with a large number of marine breeding colonies located just off the mainland. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff and volunteers will be at the Cobble Beach Viewing Deck with spotting scopes and an interpretive table to help visitors learn about the birds and allow for a close view of these marine birds in action. Range Bayer, from Yaquina Birders and Naturalists will lead a bird walk starting at the Yaquina Head Interpretive Center beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Service will be in the Interpretive Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with an interpretive table and games for children and families. For more information and directions for IMBD 2011 events at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area call (541) 574-3100.

Oregon Parks and Recreation will offer activities at Beaver Creek State Natural Area starting at 9:00 a.m. with a guided bird walk, incorporating Beaver Creek’s already established Bird Count Census throughout the Natural Area. This guided walk will have naturalists and expert birders to help beginners identify birds; all ages and abilities welcomed. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center, visitors will get first-hand information on local birds and bird watching techniques by roaming naturalists on the observation deck. The Service will have a booth in the Welcome Center where visitors can obtain free information on local birds and At 12:00 p.m., Dawn Grafe Park Ranger, visitor services manager with the Service, will give a presentation on how to establish a bird feeding station in your backyard. For more information and directions for Bird Day 2011 email Brian Fowler at brian.fowler@state.or.us or call (541) 563-6413.

If you would prefer to stay at home you can still celebrate IMBD by participating in the citizen science North American Migration Count (NAMC). NAMC was started in 1992 to offer bird watchers the opportunity to watch and report their findings to contribute to the monitoring of bird spring migration. For more information contact Chuck Gates at cgates326@gmail.com.

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