International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated here every year on the second Saturday in May and this year there are some great activities to help you celebrate on May 14th!
Join us at Oak Hammock Marsh on May 14th for any of the following:
* 8 - 10 a.m.: Birding Marshwalk with Christian Artuso and Tim Poole - Birds recorded on the walk will be entered in eBird
* 10 - 11 a.m: IBA Program and Data Entry – Learn how to record birds in eBird with Tim Poole and Christian Artuso
* 11 a.m. - noon: Manitoba’s Returning Songbirds presentation by Christian Artuso
* 1 - 2 p.m.: Birding by Ear Workshop with Paula Grieef - Learn some basics for identifying bird songs in this beginner workshop. $5 plus admission
* 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.: Buying Binoculars presentation - What to look for when buying binoculars with Paula Grieef and Ricky Ryan from Zeiss. Binoculars will be available for testing. Enter to win a pair of Zeiss binoculars.
During the week of International Migratory Bird Day, the superb documentary “The Messenger”, which chronicles the struggles of songbirds in the face of habitat destruction, climate change and industrialization, will be featured at Winnipeg’s Bandwidth Theatre on May 13 – 19, playing at 7 p.m. daily with 5 p.m. matinées on Saturday and Sunday. On the “auspicious” Friday May 13 I will be there to introduce the screening.
I will also be leading a birding workshop at St Leon on April 30th for any of you in that neck of the woods who might be interested. On the evening of May 12th I will be doing a condensed Birding By Ear Workshop at FortWhyte Alive.
Good birding all; May is just around the corner and such a wondrous time in Manitoba!
Here are two photos of a male Baltimore Oriole I photographed recently in Costa Rica — one of many birds getting ready for the northward trek to brighten our lives up here in the temperate zones!