Activities for the day include:
- 8:30am- Guided walks with naturalist Vicky Burke
- 11:00am-3:00pm Games and activities for kids
- 3:00pm- Live raptor program with wildlife educator Carlton Burke
Begun in 1993, International Migratory Bird Day is an educational celebration which highlights this tremendous phenomenon. In addition, IMDB promotes a conservation theme each year. Bird migration is a spectacular event throughout the Americas. Almost 350 bird species travel hundreds of miles from non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America. During this journey birdwatchers can observe these travelers as they rest and feed along the way.
A variety of migratory birds rest and feed at the Cradle of Forestry before continuing north. Many others conclude their journey in the Blue Ridge Mountains to nest and raise their young. Along our hiking trails birders often see and hear black-throated blue warblers, hooded warblers, black and white warblers, northern parulas and blue headed vireos during this event. On occasion one may spot rare sightings such as the bright Blackburnian warbler or scarlet tanager. In 2016 roughly 28 species were heard and spotted during IMBD.
The USDA Forest Service is a sponsor of International Migratory Bird Day.