News Release

May 7, 2012

Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day

Media Contacts:
Sue McDonald, (509) 546-8355, sue_mcdonald@fws.gov

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 12, from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Activities will include bird banding, bird watching walk, live raptor program, and a hay ride.  The bird banding demonstration begins at 7:00 a.m., followed by a bird watching walk at 8:00 a.m.  The Raptor House Rehabilitation Center will present a program with live hawks and owls at 10:00 a.m.  Activities will conclude with a hay ride on the refuge.  The refuge headquarters will be open with children's games and learning materials. This event is co-sponsored by the Yakima Valley Audubon Society and is free to the public.

International Migratory Bird Day, held annually on the second Saturday in May, is an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation.  It was created specifically to highlight the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.  However, the day serves as an opportunity to celebrate all the species of birds whose annual movements enliven our lands, waters, and skies.

Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is located at 21 Pumphouse Road - U.S. Highway 97 south of Toppenish, WA.  For more information, call the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 509-546-8300.