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World Migratory Bird Day

Water: Sustaining Bird Life

Water is fundamental to sustaining life on our planet. Virtually all migratory birds rely on water and its associated habitats at some point during their life cycles. Lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, wetlands, and coastal waters are all vital for feeding, drinking, or nesting and as places to rest and refuel during long seasonal migrations.

Unfortunately, these aquatic ecosystems and the migratory birds that depend on them are becoming increasingly threatened worldwide. The increasing human demand for water, as well as pollution and climate change, is directly impacting the quantity and quality of water resources and the conservation status of many migratory bird species.

Klamath Bird Observatory is celebrating World Migratory Bird Day twice this year. On May 13th, from 8 am-Noon, we will be at North Mountain Park.  Activities include the big sit, a self-guided activity book, seven bird walks with two in Spanish, a bird-calling contest, exhibitors like Wildlife Images, and other kids’ activities. You can learn more about this event here.

We will then travel over the hill to Klamath Falls on May 20th from 10 am – 3 pm at Veterans Park. A family-focused event that features high-quality, experiential education to celebrate and explore the unique features of our national wildlife refuges and other public lands for meeting the needs of migratory birds.

Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day all year long by doing these four actions.