Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day, Celebrate at Eastman Nature Center
Eastman Nature Center will celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 15, with a festival.
“It’s a chance for people to get out and learn a little about birds,” explained Vicky Wachtler, an interpretative naturalist at the Eastman Nature Center.
Wachtler says since the leaves aren’t fully on the trees, it’s the perfect time to go birdwatching.
“A lot of our birds are migrating through. They’ve either spent the winter in the southern U.S. or in Central or South America,” said Wachtler. “They’ll move into Minnesota and some will nest around here. Some are migrating into the northern part of the state and Canada.”
CCX News tagged along with Wachtler and some birdwatchers as they embarked on an early morning bird walk to see warblers and the scarlet tanager.
On Saturday May 15, there’s a robust schedule of events at Eastman Nature Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can see presentations on a variety of different birds, like the eastern bluebird or peregrine falcon. You can see a bird banding demonstration and a presentation on backyard bird feeding. There will also be a live recording of The Wandering Naturalist podcast and a food truck. Events are free, but you are required to register in advance for the early morning bird walks, which begin at 7 a.m. or 8:30 a.m.
Learn more about the World Migratory Bird Day Festival here.