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Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431
Grand Teton National Park will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with a bird-watching caravan on Saturday, May 12. Park ranger naturalist Andrew Langford plans to visit areas throughout the park that provide great opportunities to locate, identify, and record birds as part of the North American Migration Count. The free activity begins at 8 a.m. in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose and finishes by 4 p.m. at Christian Pond near Jackson Lake Lodge. Reservations are not required.
Anyone interested in birds is welcome to participate in the annual bird count and bird-watching excursion. Throughout the day, participants will take short walks at various locations, so those attending should wear comfortable shoes and bring a lunch, drinking water, warm clothing and rain gear. Bird field guides, binoculars and spotting scopes are also recommended items.
"Connecting People to Bird Conservation" serves as the theme for the 2012 IMBD observance. This declaration highlights IMBD's 20th anniversary and focuses on 20 ways that people can help preserve birds every day throughout their communities and the world. This year's theme is conveyed through a colorful work of art created by Rafael Lopez: the appealing piece depicts the beauty of birds and excitement of bird watching. Established in 1993, IMBD engages thousands of youth and adults at over 500 sites throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Observed each year in May to celebrate and support bird conservation, IMBD serves as the hallmark outreach event for Partners in Flight-an international conservation program whose goal is to reverse declining populations of migratory birds by bringing attention to factors that may contribute to worldwide declines.
For more information about International Migratory Bird Day and the North American Migration Count, please call the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at 307.739.3399. Participants of the IMBD activity are reminded that park entrance stations are open, therefore, park pass are required for travel through these entrance gates.