World Migratory Bird Day celebration features banding, kid-friendly activities

    Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Tongass National Forest continues a 24-year tradition of sponsoring local events by hosting a World Migratory Bird Day celebration on May 13, at the Juneau Community Garden.

    The popular day of bird-oriented education is organized in partnership with the Juneau Audubon Society and the Juneau Community Garden Association.

    Attendees will have an opportunity to witness songbird banding if the weather permits; followed by a youth-focused bird walk.

    The banding will be from 7:00 a.m. to 9:55 a.m., at the large pavilion.

    Participants can stop by any time during the activity.

    At 10:00 a.m., a family bird walk with kid-friendly educational activities will begin.

    All programs are free of charge.

    The conservation theme for this year’s celebration is the importance of water for migratory birds.

    The Tongass National Forest provides ample water and crucial habitat within its vast 17 million acres.

    The banding demonstration provides participants an opportunity to see songbirds up close and learn one way scientists study them.

    A licensed biologist will fit birds with individually numbered bands, record the species, age, and other vital information, then measure and safely release the birds.

    For the birds’ safety, heavy rain or gales will cancel bird capture, but experts will still be on hand for bird viewing and Q&A.

    World Migratory Bird Day (formerly International Migratory Bird Day) was initiated in 1993 by bird conservationists to increase awareness and appreciation of migratory birds, and the conservation challenges facing their populations.

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