Oregon Coast Aquarium and Cascade Raptor Center Partner for a Unique Migratory Bird Day Event

May 02, 2013

Newport, Oregon— Oregon Coast Aquarium staff and volunteers will take aspiring birders under their wing on Saturday, May 11 for International Migratory Bird Day.

The annual event, held to educate the participants about migratory birds, is celebrated throughout North and South America on the second Saturday of May.

This year’s event centers on the Life Cycles of Migratory Birds and the importance of thoughtful conservation for all stages of migratory birds’ lives. According to the event website, migratory bird conservation needs participation every day of the year. Winter conditions may determine nesting success the following spring so it is important to minimize human impacts on birds throughout their migration.

Visitors can take advantage of a rare opportunity, to get a unique, up close look at raptors they usually only see soaring in the skies or resting on high perches. These birds of prey, from the Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene, will be presented on handlers’ gloves during educational presentations and for special encounters from noon – 2 pm.

The Aquarium will also be bustling with special education opportunities like guided bird watching tours along the Aquarium’s nature and estuary trails, vulture and sea bird feeding presentations, story time in the Sea & Me theatre and a talk from Rob Suryan, an Associate Research Professor for Oregon State University, about his research on Common Murre populations off the Oregon coast.

Interactive activities to engage visitors of all ages in migratory bird conservation will include tables covered with biofacts, bird feeder crafts, games and scavenger hunts. Guests inspired by the event are encouraged to hang a card with their personal promise to promote migratory bird conservation on the Bird Pledge Tree the Aquarium will have at the event.

CJ McCarty, Curator of Birds for the Aquarium explained that her team organized the Aquarium’s event with the hope that, “Our activities and participation in international migratory bird day will not only enhance visitor experience but also raise awareness of migratory birds and encourage people to get involved in their conservation.” Pre-registration is not required and all activities are included with the cost of admission.

The Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Road. For prices and other information, call 541-867-3474 or visit aquarium.org.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Newport on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Our mission is to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems. The Aquarium is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums. It has been named one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium for the latest updates.

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