Stretch your wings for International Migratory Bird Day May 11 (2013)
Bad bird puns aside, May 11 is a day to learn about the life cycles of migratory birds. This year’s theme celebrates the life of migratory birds, from migration to breeding followed by nesting and raising young. Five Oregon State Parks have special birding events planned:
Fort Stevens State Park — Kick off the day at 9 a.m. with a bird survey of the park. Meet at Battery Russell with your binoculars and field guides. The survey will take about two hours. At 11:30 a.m., kids can join the Junior Ranger bird program at the amphitheater. Join a park ranger at the Columbia River South Jetty Viewing Platform to help you spot sea birds from 1-3 p.m.
Beaver Creek State Natural Area — A bright and early bird walk starts at 7 a.m. with Dawn Graffe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, followed by a 9 a.m. Birding for Beginners walk. The Welcome Center will have bird-related activities, crafts and displays. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available on the Observation Deck.
Nehalem Bay State Park — Meet at the maintenance yard near the park entrance for an 8 a.m. bird walk. Bring your binoculars, hiking shoes and birding enthusiasm. At 10 a.m. meet at the Information Booth for games, crafts and live birds from the Wildlife Rehab Center of the North Coast.
Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area — What’s your wingspan? Let’s see how you measure up to the great blue heron or the osprey. Meet at Group Camp B to learn about the life cycle of migratory birds.
Cape Blanco State Park — Meet at the “old sheep barn” site at 11 a.m. for an hour-long bird hike and nesting box inventory with Park Ranger Greg Ryder. Bring your binoculars. The Free Flight Rehabilitation Center of Bandon will present live birds at the group camp (near the horse camp) at 1 p.m.