New Mexico Wildlife Center Hosts Migratory Bird Day Celebration Saturday

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New Mexico Wildlife Center Hosts Migratory Bird Day Celebration Saturday

Espanola, NM – For the third year in a row visitors to New Mexico Wildlife Center will have the chance to participate in a very special event on Saturday, May 11. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) “celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas – bird migration.” New Mexico is a natural place to celebrate the unique creatures as this state has an abundance of bird life and is a favored spot for birdwatchers.

As part of this worldwide celebration, New Mexico Wildlife Center will have special events going on between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Two live bird presentations will feature the Center’s Ambassador Animals and will include flight demonstrations by some, most notably Sol, the Turkey Vulture who is more than 20 years old.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy activities about feathers, flight, and how to save wild birds. Adults especially will learn a lot from a program about how wild birds are treated and rehabilitated in the Center’s wildlife hospital. Admission is reduced for this fun event, $2 per adult and children under 12 are free.

“This is one of my favorite events we have all year,” said Executive Director Melissa Moore. “So many people love birds and enjoy learning about them. It’s just a joy to be able to share our passion with them.”

World Migratory Bird Day is in its 25th year. It was created as “International Migratory Bird Day” in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Since then, several other organizations have joined forces with Smithsonian to create WMBD. This year’s theme is “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” as plastics adversely affect not only birds but all types of wildlife around the world.

Those interested in learning more are encouraged to call New Mexico Wildlife Center at (505) 753-9505.

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About New Mexico Wildlife Center: New Mexico Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization that connects people and wildlife for an abundant tomorrow. The Center is open to the public for self-guided tours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Sick and injured animals are taken in seven days a week, but it is advised that you call first on Sundays or after 3:00 p.m.

Cricket, the young Swainson’s Hawk will be featured at NMWC’s Migratory Bird Day Celebration on May 11. Courtesy Photo

Sol the Turkey Vulture will also make an appearance at Migratory Bird Day. Courtesy Photo