Mississippi Coast Audubon Society Bird Walk During Healthy Parks Healthy People Event

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Date: November 5, 2012
Contact: Susan Blair, 228-875-9057
Contact: Stacy Speas, 228-875-9057

Gulf Islands Announces Mississippi Coast Audubon Society Bird Walk during Healthy Parks, Healthy People Event

Gulf Islands National Seashore is hosting the second annual "Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Let's Move Outside" on Saturday, November 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Davis Bayou area in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The event is free.Visitors may bring a picnic lunch for this day-long event and participate in a variety of activities that focus on healthy living and outdoor activities.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. the Mississippi Coast Audubon Society will lead a field trip through the marshes of Davis Bayou.Join Mr. Joe Ravita, seasoned birder on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, as he leads beginners and experts alike to discover the birds of Davis Bayou.Meet Mr. Ravita in front of the William M. Colmer Visitor Center.

There will be various activities offered throughout the festival.Park rangers, master naturalists, scouts, hiking clubs, birding experts and other partners will present a variety of walks and talks.During the festival, from 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., visitors may check the posted schedule for nature and bird walks, subject matter expert guest speakers, boat tours, fitness classes, and much more.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People US is a National Park Service initiative working to reintegrate human, environmental and ecological health into the mission of public parks and public lands.Although Healthy Parks Healthy People US is based within the National Park Service, it works with national, state, and local parks, as well as business innovators, healthcare leaders, scientists, foundations and advocacy organizations to foster the health-related role that parks can and do play in our society.For more information on Healthy Parks, Healthy People please visit this website: http://www.nps.gov/public_health/hp/hphp.htm.For park information visit www.nps.gov/guis or call 228-875-9057.

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

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