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International Migratory Bird Day celebration at Labagh Woods in Chicago
Midwest Region, May 19, 2018
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Stephanie Beilke, Conservation Science Associate at Audubon Great Lakes, releases a banded bird with a young bird enthusiast.
Stephanie Beilke, Conservation Science Associate at Audubon Great Lakes, releases a banded bird with a young bird enthusiast. - Photo Credit: Audubon Great Lakes

More than 250 nature enthusiasts, bird lovers and city neighbors attended the 2018 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration in May at Labagh Woods in Chicago, Illinois. Hosted by the Forest Preserves of Cook County in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Audubon Great Lakes, Bird Conservation Network, Chicago Audubon Society/Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, Chicago Ornithological Society, Chicago Park District, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Illinois Young Birders, The Field Museum, and numerous volunteers, the event was held to welcome back birds migrating from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
Children learned about bird migration and conservation through games and hands on activities. Some of the children were able to release birds banded during the event, a special up close encounter with the birds and the scientists working to conserve them.
Visitors to the event learned about the volunteer-led restoration efforts at Labagh, toured the bird-friendly shrubs being planted in restored habitat at the preserve, and went on guided walks to see some of the warblers and waterbirds using the restored habitat. Labagh Woods provides a needed stopover site for birds migrating through the Chicago area to rest and refuel on their journeys north, and also provides a place for city residents to renew themselves by connecting with nature. A new species was spotted at the preserves during the event: the site’s first recorded yellow-crowned night heron.
The event was part of a multi-year initiative by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called “Bird the Preserves.” (http://fpdcc.com/recreation/birding/). “Bird the Preserves” is a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Forest Preserves of Cook County collaboration that is connecting diverse communities to the preserves by expanding birding programs and activities and bringing new birders to the forest preserves.


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Contact Info: Louise Clemency, 847-381-2253, louise_clemency@fws.gov
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