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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 12 or 18

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Discover migratory birds and their unique migration patterns.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 12 or 18

Sandhill cranes visit the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm each winter during their migration. Photo by Jon Stewart/ABQ BioPark.

May 9, 2013

Learn about the amazing journeys that birds take every year during International Migratory Bird Day, on May 12 at the Zoo and May 18 at the Botanic Garden. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on either day, follow the migratory patterns of different species, make bird-themed crafts and learn what you can do to help migratory birds in your area.

“New Mexico lies right in the path of migration routes for many birds, each with their own unique ways to travel and survive the journey,” said Kathryn Venzor, BioPark Education Curator. “We want guests to see the challenges these birds overcome and learn how our actions can make a difference in conserving these species.”

At the Zoo on May 12, visit discovery stations to learn about migratory birds and how they make such long trips each year. Compare bird beaks to discover why each has a specific shape. Pick up a bird card and follow your bird’s migration route to win a prize. Then make homemade birdfeeders and build your own life-sized bird at the craft station. Guests can also enjoy the Mother’s Day Concert by the NM Philharmonic at 2 p.m.

At the Botanic Garden on May 18, visit hands-on discovery stations on the Festival Green to learn about different migratory birds. Trace their migration routes on a giant map of North and South America and win a prize for successfully migrating. Pick up a mystery bird card and look for signs around the Garden to identify your bird. At the craft station, create gourd bird houses and bird-shaped cutouts to decorate your windows and make them bird-safe.

For more information about International Migratory Bird Day celebrations across the country, visit www.birdday.org. International Migratory Bird Day activities are included with admission.

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