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April 26, International Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Black Burnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warblers such as this one can be found around the Cradle of Forestry during their spring migration from the tropics.

 

The Cradle of Forestry invites you to celebrate Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, April 26, with a guided bird walk, live raptor program, a bird survey demonstration and family-oriented activities.
 
   Forests and fields around the Cradle are alive with song as migratory birds arrive at their summer habitats. The Cradle of Forestry is along the North Carolina Birding Trail and is an excellent place to view and learn about these melodious travelers.
 
   Activities for the day include:
  • 9:00 a.m. – join naturalist Bill Sanderson on a birding walk for an in-depth look at local and migratory songbird species. Look and listen for birds by the Forest Discovery Center and along paved trails to identify species present, learning about bird characteristics and habitat preferences along the way.
  • Beginning at 11:00 a.m. – meet Dr. Maria Whitehead, an ornithologist (bird biologist) from The Nature Conservancy. She will have a net set up used in bird surveys and explain what these surveys tell us about birds.
  • 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Ongoing activities that show the wonder of birds and teach how we can do our part for their conservation. Make crafts to take home to remind you of these tiny creatures that enrich our lives and play important roles in nature.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Enjoy a live bird program with Wild For Life: Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife from Asheville, NC, and learn about their work caring for injured and orphaned wildlife.
    
A variety of migratory birds rest and feed at the Cradle of Forestry on their way to breeding grounds further north. Others stay to nest and raise their young. Here birders often see and hear black-throated blue warblers, hooded warblers, black and white warblers, northern parulas and blue headed vireos. Occasionally, a bright Blackburnian warbler or scarlet tanager can be spotted.  
   Started in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day is an educational program that highlights and celebrates bird migration, an important and spectacular event in the Americas. Almost 350 bird species journey from non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America, while resting and feeding along the way. The USDA Forest Service is a sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day.
 
   Admission to the Cradle of Forestry is $5 for adults and free for youth under 16 years of age and those with America the Beautiful passes and federal Golden Passports. Admission includes the Forest Discovery Center with hands-on exhibits,  a scavenger hunt, a firefighting helicopter simulator, historic cabins and antique equipment on two paved trails. It also includes the Adventure Zone, an activity designed to reach children with autism and engage young families. Lunch is available for purchase from Hobnob at the Cradle.

 

Started in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day is an educational program that highlights and celebrates bird migration, an important and spectacular event in the Americas. Almost 350 bird species journey from non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America, while resting and feeding along the way. The USDA Forest Service is a sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day.

The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest along the Forest Heritage National Scenic Byway, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 412. For more information, call 828-877-3130.

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