Birders of a feather will flock together when the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrates International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 13. The theme this year is “Helping Birds Along the Way”, a nod to the various habitat types birds need for food and rest as they make their way to and from breeding areas.
The Aquarium’s staff organizes the annual event to help guests appreciate the animals under their care and promote conservation for their counterparts in the wild.
“When most people think of bird migration, they assume birds fly north to south and back, but seabirds migrate to the open sea, and only return to land to nest. Once a juvenile puffin heads out to the ocean, it may not see land again for as long as three years,” said CJ McCarty, the Aquarium’s Curator of Birds.
The Aquarium, which is home to the largest outdoor seabird aviary in North America, will honor birds’ remarkable migrations with pleasant surprises for Aquarium visitors and animals.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet brown pelicans and turkey vultures, and learn about seabirds’ springtime courtship antics during chats with the Aquarium’s aviculturists.
The Aquarium’s feathered residents will be treated to enrichment activities and experiences that provide something new from their normal routine.
Keen-eyed visitors can win prizes by completing a bird-themed scavenger hunt, while those with kind hearts may choose to add their personal pledge to help birds to the Migratory Bird Day tree.
International Migratory Bird Day activities are free with Aquarium admission and advance registration is not required.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this spring from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium creates unique and engaging experiences that connect you to the Oregon Coast and inspire ocean conservation. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.
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