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Ways to Celebrate
IMBD for Educators
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In its simplest form, IMBD is a one-day celebration of migratory
birds: their beauty, their amazing abilities, and the benefits they
provide people. It is set on the second Saturday in May, to coincide
with the return of spring migrants. In its fullest form, IMBD is a
year-round movement to promote awareness and concern for a group
of birds that face threats to their survival on many fronts.
Teachers and their students can participate in IMBD by learning
about the day and the birds that it celebrates.
A variety of promotional and educational materials are available
through the IMBD Catalog (available
online), which is updated annually. Posters, t-shirts,
and stickers are a good way to display support and generate excitement.
Educator guides (e.g., Flying WILD and Bridges to
Birding) and kids' publications (e.g., Feathered Travelers and the Jr. Birder Patch
Program) provide activities and readings appropriate for
the celebration in May as well as the months leading up to IMBD.
Try these additional links to migratory bird education programs.
Probably the most inspiring and memorable way to celebrate IMBD is to take
a field trip to see the real thing. Without too much difficulty, teachers
should be able to obtain the assistance of staff at a nearby park, refuge,
wild bird store, or nature center, or a member of a local birding or nature club,
to help their students discover the migratory birds in their area.
Check out any local IMBD Events.
Find the nearest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility.
Find state and territorial wildlife agencies
in the U.S.
Find the nearest Wild Bird Unlimited store or
Wild Bird Center store.