It’s International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) this Saturday! I’m not sure if the birds know (or even care), but you should.
Early May is pretty close to peak spring migration season everywhere in North America (earlier in the south, later in the north), so why not get out and consider observing this incredible natural phenomenon? Or better yet, doing something to help out migratory birds? An extensive list of bird-related happenings is available at the official IMBD web site.
Here’s a few of my personal favorite ideas:
- Visit or participate in your nearest Birding Festival.
- Do a migration count at your house or a nearby park — and enter the results in E-Bird.
- Make your yard a more bird-friendly place.
- Introduce a family member or friend to birds and birding.
- Buy and consume bird-friendly (or shade-grown) coffee.
- Invest in a duck stamp.
The list of ways to celebrate IMBD is endless. What’s important is to do something to acknowledge migratory birds in that most wonderful of bird seasons: spring migration. I guarantee that whatever you do, you’ll love it and the birds will benefit.
(Image credit: Scott Ableman/Flickr through a Creative Commons license.)
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