International Migratory Bird Day & Open House

When:
May 21, 2016 @ 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
2016-05-21T07:30:00-04:00
2016-05-21T14:00:00-04:00
Where:
Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
Tabor Road
Swanton, VT 05488
USA
Contact:
802-868-4781

The Refuge will celebrate the 23nd anniversary of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  The 2016 IMBD theme is “Spread Your Wings for Bird Conservation.”

SPECIAL NOTE:  This year we have added an “Early Bird” bird walk.  Meet at 5:30 AM at the Rte 78 parking lot.  We will be birding the Black/Maquam Creek Trail.  (Registration for this walk is not necessary.)

Regular activities will begin at 7:30 AM with an orientation at the refuge Visitor Center.  Participants will split up into groups, including bird walks on several refuge trails, two birding trips by boat, and a “beginner’s” walk on the Discovery Trail.  Each group will record  all species and as many individuals within those species as they can and then tally the results over a light lunch.  All birding participants will return to the Visitor Center by 11:00 AM to tally results and have lunch.

At approximately 1:00 PM we will have a presentation by Guest Speaker—Boomer Malanchuk, a graduate student at SUNY-Plattsburgh.  He will talk about his 2015 research on cavity nesting waterfowl on the refuge.

Also, the opening of the “Art on the Refuge” art exhibit will take place at 10:00 AM.  The exhibit will continue until July 16.  Artists are asked to submit paintings, photos, etc., of birds that are found on the refuge.  (Click here for a list of birds.)  Information about entering artworks in the exhibit will be posted here in the near future.

Please call 802-868-4781 to register for this activity.   Also please check back closer to the event date for any changes/additions to the schedule.

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