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Nature Center Celebrates Migratory Bird Life

The Morrison Knudsen Nature Center in Boise will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

The theme this year is "Connecting People to Bird Conservation."

Enjoy a full day of bird observation and educational activities for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Families can participate in bird watching, live bird presentations, owl pellet investigation, wood carving demonstrations, Flying Wild games, face painting, nature arts, bird art exhibits and other children's activities.

Children will be entered for raffle prizes. The Anser Charter School Kindergarten students will once again be selling their hand-made bird cards, as well as showcasing student bird projects. A variety of native plants will be available for sale.

Admission is $3 per person ages 3 and over. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the MK Nature Center education building. No free admission to the MK Nature Center will be available during this education event between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Schedule:

  • 9 a.m. to noon - Live Bird Banding, Idaho Bird Observatory biologists.
  • 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. - Live bird presentations.
  • 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. - Guided bird walks with Golden Eagle Audubon Society volunteers along the Boise Greenbelt.
  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Games and Activity stations.

Volunteers for this event are still needed. Sign up, shift and volunteer descriptions are available at http://tinyurl.com/7ng7glx.

While ongoing threats continue to endanger many of the nearly 350 species of birds that migrate annually between summer and winter habitats, conservation organizations, federal and state agencies, and individuals have shown that they can make a real difference.

Launched in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, International Migratory Bird Day now is coordinated by Environment for the Americas, based in Boulder, Colorado. It is the largest-known bird conservation and education event of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

For information, contact Cass Meissner at the Nature Center at 208-287-2901; or read about it online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/education/?getPage=234.