Friday, May 7, 2010

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is celebrated in North America on the second Saturday in May.  This event, beginning in the early 1990's, is aimed at celebrating and creating public awareness of the phenomenon known as bird migration.

Each spring, many of the birds that fill our forests and fields with volumes of bird song make a lengthy and dangerous journey from their wintering grounds to their breeding grounds throughout the North American continent.  Each bird's journey is perilous and full of potential pitfalls, both natural and man-made.  IMBD is a way of celebrating this annual rite of spring and creating awareness of the special conservation efforts needed to protect these beloved creatures.

If you are free this weekend, I encourage you to join an IMBD celebration somewhere near you.  For those of us in Westchester County, NY, their will be an all day celebration being held at the Greenwich Audubon Center.  Click here for all the information.  For others all around the country, try the Bird Day Explorer Map to find an IMBD event near you.  I'm heading to Ohio and the shores of Lake Erie to celebrate IMBD with friends at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and the Biggest Week in American Birding.  If all else fails, just spend some time outdoors with pair of binoculars and your ears tuned to sounds of bird song.

If you need more encouragement, take a look at the following images and allow the subjects to inspire you to wander outside.
Prothonotary Warbler

Warbling Vireo

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Black-throated Green Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

American Redstart

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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