Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Rocky Mountain National Park
Contact: Kyle Patterson, (970) 586-1363
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) on June 9, 2012, by going on a bird walk in Rocky Mountain National Park! Join us for an opportunity to learn more about migratory birds while exploring the park with experienced bird watchers. The event will be held Saturday, June 9, starting at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center in the park at 8:00 a.m. After a short introduction, visitors and bird walk leaders will caravan into the park to view birds in a variety of habitats. This guided walk will have naturalists and expert birders to help beginners identify birds; all ages and abilities are welcomed. Suggested items for the morning's activities include warm clothes, water, good walking shoes, binoculars and a snack, if desired. The event will end at noon, but visitors are encouraged to continue their birding adventures throughout the day.
International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each spring across the United States and Canada. This special event recognizes the movement of nearly 350 species of birds from their wintering grounds in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America. This year marks the 20th anniversary of IMDB with the theme of "Connecting People to Bird Conservation." Created in 1993, this event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of America's natural heritage-and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend. The event is now hosted at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults.
For more information on Rocky Mountain National Park please call the park's Information Office at (970) 586-1206.
Did You Know?
In 2004 there were 190 Search and Rescue incidents in the park, a very small number considering there were about 3 million visitors to the park in that same time period.