Yellowstone to Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
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 the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center staff will celebrate IMBD on Saturday, May 8, with programs and a field trip that are open to the public.
8:00 a.m. - Participants will meet inside Yellowstone National Park at the Madison Junction picnic area for a ranger-led, bird-watching car caravan with periodic stops along the Madison River. Birds found in the forest and meadows along the river include sandhill cranes, shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and songbirds. A bald eagle nest will be the focus of one of the featured stops and discussions. The field trip will conclude at noon. Suggested items for the field trip include warm clothes, water, binoculars and a snack, if desired.
This year, the West Entrance may be the only point of access to the Madison picnic area in time for the beginning of the event due to the 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly closures for construction between Madison and Norris. Those who might be slightly delayed by the construction shouldn’t have any trouble catching up with the group by checking at the picnic area first, and then along the road to West Yellowstone. Those interested in attending the event from any other entrance are encouraged to call the 24-hour road update line at 307-344-2117 for current road status.
From 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center at 201 South Canyon Street, in West Yellowstone, Montana, will host IMBD programs, games and crafts. Children of all ages can play the migration game "It’s a Risky Journey," create bird masks and origami or participate in other activities listed below:
1:00 p.m. Live raptor program: A Discovery Center naturalist will give a presentation using a rough-legged hawk and western screech owl
The activities are free of charge, but those wishing to explore the rest of the Discovery Center will be required to pay a fee, and field trip participants are required to pay the park entrance fee of $25 per vehicle.
For further information on IMBD programs or field trips call Katy Duffy at (307) 344-2754.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.