Migratory Bird Day Celebration May 31

May 15, 2008

The day of activities includes a birding walk and guest speaker Ram Papish

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) May 31, 2008, with activities focusing on migratory birds throughout the day. IMBD was created in 1993 to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird – its journey between its summer and winter homes. IMBD officially takes place on the second Saturday in May each year, but organizers recognized that this date doesn't work well for all bird event organizers, or for the migratory birds themselves, since northern birds arrive later than birds in the south. Now, IMBD is celebrated all over the world throughout April and May.

Highlights of the day’s events will be a walk on the estuary trail at the exit of Passages of the Deep and a presentation by wildlife artist, Ram Papish, who has spent many years studying seabirds in Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon. He was the International Migratory Bird Day artist in 2005. He recently illustrated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publication, “Seabirds of the Pacific Northwest,” which will be available at the event.

Papish’s presentation will include a look at the different breeding and survival strategies for puffins, albatrosses, and other sea-going species found along the Oregon Coast. “Some seabirds spend the whole year on the Oregon Coast,” said Papish, “others visit from thousands of miles away, some stay for the winter and others just drop by to feed.”

A designated birding site on the Oregon Coast Birding Trail, the Oregon Coast Aquarium adjoins an established woodland and estuary where large numbers of both migratory and year-round species of birds can be seen. Nature trails wind through and around the Aquarium grounds as great blue herons, egrets, hooded merganzers, ducks, geese, cormorants and many others can be seen nesting, fishing or foraging nearby. Birding walks will take place from 11 am to 5 pm.

Migratory Bird Day, Saturday, May 31, 2008
Location: Oregon Coast Aquarium

  • 9 am to 6 pm - Children's puppet craft, and aviary interpretation
  • 10 am, 12 pm and 2:30 pm - Aviculturist talks in the aviary
  • 11 am to 5 pm - Birding on estuary trail at the exit of Passages of the Deep
  • 1 to 2 pm - Guest speaker Ram Papish presents "Seabirds: Here, There and Everywhere!"