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International Migratory Bird Day

Bird Coalition of Rochester (BirdCOR) will hold a festival on May 10 as the main 2003 International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebration in Rochester. At the festival, there will be demonstrations with live birds inlcuding hawks and eagles, educational talks, activities for the kids and family, crafts, nature-related entertainment, folk singers, and many opportunities to learn about migratory birds and the organizations that support their conservation. More information about IMBD, including directions to Braddock Bay Park and a list of festival participants, can be found at http://www.eecg.org/imbd.htm

More than a dozen organizations in the Rochester area have banded together to hold an International Migratory Bird Day festival in May of 2003. BirdCOR, the Bird Coalition of Rochester, is organizing the festival to call attention to the need for active programs to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. Biology professor Mark Deutschlander is vice president for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory, one of the BirdCOR member organizations, and one of only a few nationally recognized observatories dedicated to long-term monitor of migratory birds in North America.

Set on the second Saturday in May, International Migratory Bird Day is an invitation to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. Like any day of recognition, IMBD exists to focus attention on a valuable resource — the nearly 350 species of migratory birds that travel between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Migratory birds are some of the most beautiful, observable, and remarkable wildlife that share our world. Many of us know migratory birds as symbolic harbingers of spring and melodic songsters of the woods. Migratory birds are also an important economic resource, controlling insect pests and generating billions in recreational dollars. Unfortunately, research has shown that many migratory bird species are in decline, facing a growing number of threats on their migration routes and in both their summer and winter habitats. Thus, IMBD, in addition to being a day to foster appreciation, is a call to action.

To join the coalition working to conserve migratory birds in the Rochester area or to help in other ways, contact David Semple at dsemple@bbbo.org (585 482-2063) or Ed McCrea at emccrea@msn.com (315 524-3358).