On Saturday, May 16, Rock Creek Park will host an International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) festival at Rock Creek Park Nature Center to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation with the theme "Restore Habitat, Restore Birds". The event will take place from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Nature Center, located at 5200 Glover Road. Open to the public, the festival has free parking and admission.
This year, Rock Creek Park is celebrating its 125th anniversary as a national park. Established by Congress in 1890, Rock Creek is one of America’s oldest urban parks. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, this natural park offers respite for city dwellers and wildlife. More than 150 species of birds call Rock Creek Park home for all or part of the year.
International Migratory Bird Day at Rock Creek Park will feature guided bird walks, children’s activities, the US Fish and Wildlife Service DC Junior Duck Stamp Award Ceremony and the introduction of ExploreNaturalCommunities.org, a website to learn about and explore the natural communities found within Rock Creek Park. The event also will offer Latin American food relevant to the cultural regions along the bird migration routes. The event's goal is to inspire visitors to enjoy the outdoors, learn about avian friends and participate in conservation.
Co-sponsors of the May 16 festival include the Nature Serve, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, City Wildlife, National Audubon Society, DC Audubon Society, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local conservation organizations will be on-hand to introduce visitors to their relevant programs.
“Loss and destruction of habitat are the primary threats to bird populations. Rock Creek Park provides food, water and shelter for birds that are nesting, wintering over or just passing through,” said Rock Creek Park Ranger Lee Snook. “The festival is a great opportunity to learn and discover the great variety of birds that call this place home."
The National Park Service invites visitors to “Find Yourself in Rock Creek Park”, learn about bird habitat and discover what we each can do to make sure this special place continues to thrive for birds and for the rest of us for another 125 years.