Join SPAC in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) with a morning of songbird banding (!), birdwatching walks, and an indoor presentation describing Audubon’s role in bird conservation, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center’s bird conservation efforts and research, and this year’s WMBD theme, “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution”.
Participants will arrive at the Visitor's Center and begin with an indoor presentation, before going on a short birding hike in transit to our bird banding station! Bird banding and bird walks will occur from 8 to 11 am, and two repeat indoor presentations will be at 8 and 9 am. Throughout the day we encourage participants to do a litter clean-up on property and around their homes and roadways – for the birds of course!
Participants are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and stick around afterwards!
Register at SPACinfo@audubon.org or 662-252-1155
Cost is $10 per person and $25 per family.
The accumulation of plastic and plastic pollution have become a worldwide epidemic and a primary threat to birds across the globe. An estimated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced since its introduction in the 1950s. 91% of plastic is not recycled, but rather discarded as waste, accumulating in landfills and the natural environment. That is why the 2019 conservation theme is, “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”
In 1993, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center created International Migratory Bird Day, an educational campaign focused on the Western Hemisphere. Since 2007, IMBD has been coordinated by Environment for the Americas (EFTA), a non-profit organization that strives to connect people to bird conservation.
In 2018, EFTA joined the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to create a single, global bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD). Continuing our tradition with IMBD, WMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.