Tongass National Forest to host two events for International Migratory Bird Day

Tongass National Forest will host two weekend events focusing on local birds in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.

The first is a live songbird-banding demonstration at the Juneau Community Garden pavilion on May 7. U.S. Forest Service wildlife technicians will give attendees an up-close look at local species. Birds will be captured in nets, fitted with light-weight tags and safely released. Netting will be ongoing between 7:30-11 a.m.

The next event is to meet to welcome back the Arctic terns at Photo Point Trail near Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center between 1 and 4 p.m. May 8. The Arctic tern is a species now believed to have the longest life-time journey of any animal. Zoomed-in views through high-powered spotting scopes, art, prizes and activities for learners of all ages are planned.

For more information or directions, contact Gwen Baluss, gbaluss@fs.fed.us or 789-6254.

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