Nature Center To Hold Celebration For International Migratory Bird Day

June 01, 2010

The Mount Union College John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center will host a kick-off celebration for International Migratory Bird Day 2003 on Saturday, May 3.

This year's theme, "Catalyst for Conservation," will explore how birds have been the inspiration for some of the significant conservation actions in the Americas. The Nature Center has planned a number of events in coordination with this theme for the kick-off celebration.

Bird expert Laura Dornan will begin the day from 8-9 a.m. with a bird walk through the trails of the Nature Center, exploring the sights and sounds of the spring migration. Registration is required for the walk.

A breakfast with the birds from 9-10 a.m. will be held in the Nature Center bird observatory. While observing the birds eating, a continental style breakfast is available upon registration.

"Bridges to Birding," from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will include various stations and activities with the birds around the pond and the barn of the Nature Center. No registration is required.

From 2-3 p.m., Pat Stone from the Rodman Public Library will present "Book Nook," an entertaining program designed for third graders and above. Registration is required and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Stone will read "The Peregrine's Journey," by Madeleine Dunphy, and it is suggested that participating children and parents read "Flute's Journey," by Lynne Cherry before the event.

Initiated in 1993, the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is held annually on the second Saturday in May and was created as an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation.

IMBD seeks to focus attention on the nearly 350 species of migratory birds that travel between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and the southern United States.

The John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center is located six miles south of Mount Union College on Daniel Street off of Route 183. For further information and to register for the day's events, contact the Nature Center at (330) 823-7487.

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