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Yellowstone Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day

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Date: May 8, 2008
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior


Yellowstone National Park

P.O. Box 168

Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190



May 7, 2008     08-028

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015








International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is an annual event to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. Like clockwork, each spring many migratory birds return to or fly over environments like Yellowstone National Park en route to their breeding areas. Yellowstone and Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center staff will celebrate IMBD on Sunday, May 11, with programs and a field trip that are open to the public. 


The day will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside Yellowstone National Park at the picnic area at Madison Junction, where participants will meet for a ranger-led, bird-watching car caravan along the Madison River.  The field trip will conclude at noon.  Suggested items for the field trip include warm clothes, water, binoculars and a snack, if desired.


IMBD programs, games and crafts will take place from 1:00 p.m. through 5:00 p.m. at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.  Children of all ages can play habitat bingo, create bird masks or participate in other activities on the Discovery Center lawn.  There will be a captive raptor program at 1:00 p.m., followed by a presentation titled “Not-so-bird Brained: The Mysterious Raven” at 2:00 p.m.  Join National Park Service Ranger Katy Duffy at 3:00 p.m. for a lecture on the birds of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, followed by another captive raptor program at 4:00 p.m.


The activities are free of charge, but field trip participants are required to pay the park entrance fee.


For further information on IMBD programs or field trips call Katy Duffy at (406) 646-4403.


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Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.