Forest Service makes International Migratory Bird Day a local event

JUNEAU — The Tongass National Forest will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May 19 at the Juneau Community Garden and Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The popular day of bird-oriented education and activities is a free event organized by the U.S. Forest Service in partnership with the Juneau Raptor Center, Juneau Audubon Society and the Juneau Community Garden.

International Migratory Bird Day, launched by the Environment for the Americas 20 years ago, highlights the migration of nearly 350 bird species throughout the Americas.

The Juneau celebration will pay special homage to the Arctic tern, which visits Southeast as part of a migration can total more than 44,000 miles in a single year.

All IMBD programs are family-friendly and free of charge. For more information contact Gwen Baluss at the Juneau Ranger District, 789-6254.

Schedule of events:

Morning Events at the Juneau Community Garden (off Montana Creek Rd):

• Songbird banding demonstration: Stop by any time between 7 and 11 a.m. to see birds up close and learn how scientists study them

• Audubon Bird walk: Meet in the garden parking lot at 8 a.m. to listen for and watch birds around the marsh with local experts

Afternoon Events at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, 3-5 p.m.:

• Arctic Tern viewing at photo point trail: Join biologists for close looks at the travelers nesting nearby

• Tlingit wood carving demonstration at Photo Point.

• Live raptor visit at the covered pavilion near the MGVC parking lot.

• Arctic Tern drawing contest: Materials will be distributed at events.

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