International Migratory Bird DaySaturday, May 10, 2014
Join us to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s theme is Why Birds Matter. We hope to have a variety of events for the day. And the BIG event is the opening of Red Sleep Mountain Drive for the summer season, weather and road conditions permitting, of course.
Not everyone is aware of the diversity of birds around the world, the amazing migrations some take, and the phenomenal range of behaviors, plumages, and songs they exhibit. International Migratory Bird Day 2014 shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.
Some bird species provide practical solutions to problems, such as the need for insect and rodent control. Others disperse seeds, helping to revegetate disturbed areas. Others are pollinators, ensuring that we are graced with flowering plants, trees, and shrubs. Beyond the utilitarian, birds are inspirations for the arts.
Amadeus Mozart had a pet starling that motivated the opening theme of the Third Movement of his Piano Concerto No. 17 in G. Beethoven used the songs of thrushes and blackbirds, and many musical pieces contain the call of the cuckoo. Paintings, poetry, and of course the IMBD 2014 hammered steel drum art all express the intangible joy birds provide us every day. Join us in raising awareness of birds and why they matter through International Migratory Bird Day.
For more information, visit the Official Bird Day website.
Activities and EventsCheck back for a list of activities and events.
For reservations, contact:
406-644-2211, extension 207