Las Vegas Wash celebrates International Migratory Bird Day
Visitors to the Las Vegas Wash celebrated International Migratory Bird Day at the Wetlands Park Nature Center on Saturday, April 5, through a variety of family-friendly activities including a live hawk demonstration, pinecone bird-feeder making and more. Biologists also led bird-viewing walks to ponds where great blue herons, American avocets and long-billed dowitchers wade through the water, and cinnamon teal and other ducks paddle along.
The theme for this year's event was "Why Birds Matter," and it was a collaborative effort between the Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, the Clark County Wetlands Park, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and other partners. Activities are designed not only to be fun, but to help teach participants about the amazing birds that live in Las Vegas and all that they do to make the world a better place.
International Migratory Bird Day has been celebrated across the Americas for more than two decades, bringing awareness to the impressive event that is bird migration. Migration takes many shapes and sizes, with some species simply migrating upslope from valley bottoms to mountain tops to nest and others migrating thousands of miles from their overwintering grounds to their breeding grounds.
In becoming more aware of bird migration, people also learn the importance of habitat conservation, of making sure birds have good stopover sites along the way where they can rest and refuel and high quality habitat once they get there to nest and raise young.
For more information on IMBD, check out their website.