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April 25, 2007
International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bonding with Birds Volunteers and friends from the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) as they celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on Saturday, May 12, 2007. This interpretive and interactive event, organized by USFWS AmeriCorps members, is being held to celebrate the arrival and passing through of thousands of migrating birds. Spring marks an exciting time of year at Yaquina Head as Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemots, and Brandts Cormorants arrive to raise their young in rookeries that include over 25,000 birds!

During this event, visitors will enjoy breathtaking views of the seabirds nesting on Colony Rock and their comings and goings from the roiling Pacific Ocean. The entire event is open to the general public and starts at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm. The day begins with a free Yaquina Birders and Naturalists birding trip led by Range Bayer from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. To attend this please meet at the Interpretive Center at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and let the fee booth know that you are here for this trip to receive free entry. From 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, USFWS Project Leader Roy Lowe, Biological ScienceTechnician Amanda Gladics and Bonding with Birds volunteers will be stationed with spotting scopes at viewpoints offering tips on birding and fun facts about seabird biology. Also during this time USFWS AmeriCorps members Emily Eppinger and Rebecca Schiewe will be leading bird related crafts and activities for children in the lobby of the Interpretive Center. At 11:15 am, Bill Hanshumaker, Public Marine Education Specialist with SeaGrant will lead a hands-on discussion entitled: Antarcticas Gentoo Penguins: Parallel Adaptations to Northwest Seabirds in the Interpretive Center. At 12:00 pm Dawn Grafe with USFWS will dedicate the Oregon Coast Birding Trail in the Interpretive Center. The Birding Trail is a self-guided driving itinerary highlighting the premier locations for observing birds along the entire Oregon coast and into Northern California. Local birders, wildlife professionals and tourism specialists produced this comprehensive guide to 173 birding hotspots to help you make the most out of your birdwatching experience.

Bring the whole family to the International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area on May 12, 2007. Please note that Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area charges a fee of 5 dollars per vehicle. For more information contact Rebecca Schiewe at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 6:28 PM in Category: Oregon Coast NWR Complex
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