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International Migratory Bird Day

Saturday, May 10, 2014Poster for 2014 International Migratory Bird Day featuring steel drum art with trees and birds sculpted in a circle.  Artwork courtesy of Environment for the Americas

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.

Click here for a printable version of schedule. 

Activities and Events

TIME  EVENT  LEADER  DETAILS  
6:30 a.m. Red Sleep Mtn Drive Opens    
9-11 a.m. Beginning Bird Walk*** Pat Jamieson Meet at Nature Trail
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Backcountry Bird Adventure*** Amy Lisk Meet at Visitor Center
(Car Pooling)
11 a.m. Bluebirds and Nest Boxes Erv Davis Visitor Center
12-2 p.m. Book Signing Don Jones Visitor Center
5:30 p.m. Wildlife Photography Field Trip*** Don Jones Meet at Visitor Center
(Car Pooling)
Various Times Bird Watching Tips and Tidbits Staff and Volunteers Visitor Center

***For reservations, contact: Pat Jamieson 406-644-2211, extension 207 pat_jamieson@fws.gov

Page Photo Credits — 2013 Bird Day poster. ©Environment for the Americas
Last Updated: Apr 21, 2014
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