Aquarium Celebrates Migratory Bird Day May 16

May 16, 2009

The day of activities includes a craft in the classroom and a reading by Ram Papish

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Saturday, May 16 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 include a craft in the classroom showing how to make a bird feeder and children’s book readings by Ram Papish, wildlife artist, who has spent many years studying seabirds in Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon and was the International Migratory Bird Day artist in 2005.

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.

Migratory Bird Day Activities

10am - 4pm – Lobby

  • Information Station about Migratory Bird Day hosted by Tina Smith and volunteers.
  • Presentations on Marine Debris and how it affects marine birds by volunteers.
  • Information about planting to attract birds to your yard.

10am – 5pm – Lobby

“What's Your Wingspan?” - Mural/Photo opportunity

12:30-4 pm – Classroom

Bird Feeder Craft make your own bird feeder by educators

11:30am and 1:30pm – Theater

Children's Book Reading with Ram Papish

11:00am and 2:30pm – Aviary

Talks with aviculturists.