Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2013

Adrianna Araya 303.236.4405;
Leith Edgar 303.236.4588;

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day Credit Environment for the AmericasLAKEWOOD, Colo. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is once again a proud sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and invites people to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation in their local communities and beyond. Initiated in 1993, IMBD was created to focus attention on the amazing journeys that some 350 bird species undertake between their summer and winter homes. 

This year the focus is on bird life cycles. The theme details all aspects of a migratory birds’ life, from migration to breeding to nesting and to raising young. Habitat conditions in one season may affect the survival and nesting success of birds in another. Winter habitats are just as important as nesting sites, and their quality influences nesting success. Stopover sites, the places where birds rest and refuel during migration, are also critical. Sandy beaches, forests, grasslands, and other habitats must be present for birds flying long distances as well as for breeding birds.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proud of its rich tradition of conserving migratory birds, which began with establishment of what became the first National Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903. Today the National Wildlife Refuge System stretches across North America and more than 200 of its units protect breeding or wintering habitat for migratory birds. Please join us in celebrating International Migratory Bird Day by visiting a National Wildlife Refuge near you,” said Noreen Walsh, Mountain-Prairie Regional Director.

Although International Migratory Bird day is typically held on the second Saturday in May (May 11 in 2013) any day can be a day to celebrate migratory birds. There are a number of events across the country put on by the Service’s conservation partners aimed at connecting people with migratory birds. For a list of opportunities to join the celebration and additional information about IMBD, please visit:

To locate the nearest National Wildlife Refuge, please visit:

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