Oregon Coast Aquarium Celebrates Migratory Bird Day
(Newport, Oregon) - 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
10 am – 5 pm 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
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational attraction dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. For more information visit www.aquarium.org or call (541) 867-FISH.
Other Newport Events
May 16. Volunteer For Highway Clean-up. Newport Chamber of Commerce Beautification Committee along with the City of Newport will have a monthly highway clean-up between March and September. Refreshments will be provided. 8 a.m. - noon. Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. 555 SW Coast Hwy, Newport, Oregon.
May 22 - May 25. Rogue Garage Sale. Don’t miss discounts on beer and merchandise! 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Rogue Nation Headquarters. South Beach, Oregon (across the bay from Newport). www.rogue.com.
May 22 - May 24. ''The Wizard Of Oz''. The classic story of Dorothy's adventure in Oz complete with all your favorite characters. Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. Adults $12, Seniors $12, Students $10. Newport Performing Arts Center. Olive St., Newport, Oregon. 265-ARTS
May 30. Newport Marathon. Starting in Yaquina Bay State Park at the historic "haunted" lighthouse, runners head north along the ocean through some of Newport's picturesque neighborhoods. Registration is currently closed for this year’s marathon. Newport, Oregon. www.newportmarathon.org.