International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is traditionaly on the second Saturday in May. The purpose of IMBD is to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird -- its journey between its summer and winter homes. Today, it is celebrated in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Central America through bird festivals and bird walks, education programs, and Bird Day! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ran the IMBD for 10 years. Now, the Environment for the Americas (EFTA), a non-profit organization that works throughout the Western Hemisphere to share information about birds and their conservation, coordinates IMBD. This year's International Migratory Bird Day Theme is "Celebrating Birds in Culture". Click here to listen to a 2 minute podcast about IMBD.
Coinciding with IMBD, I will be conducting a Bird-A-Thon fund raiser here on the school grounds with the proceeds going towards the purchase of a granite bench for the Bird Garden, located in the front of the school near the sixth grade wing. I will lead bird walks from 6:45 - 7:30 on Wednesday - Friday, May 13th - 15th. I will have additional information about this in another post to this blog.