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World Migratory Bird Day Celebration

Sat, May 5, 2018
9:00 am
- 4:00 pm

General Admission

Spring forests and fields are alive with song resulting from the bustle of migratory birds. Bird day celebrates their return from tropical winter homes to summer habitats in our NC mountains. Join the Cradle of Forestry in honoring this amazing annual phenomenon of nature. 2018 Theme is the “Year of the Bird”

Activities for the day include:

9:00am-11:00am- Guided Bird Walk with naturalist Vicky Burke

Location: Meet at Forest Discovery Center, no registration required
This walk is designed for beginner to intermediate birders and will travel along our paved Forest Festival up to the Forest Discovery Trail. The Forest Discovery Trail features prime cove forest habitat that attracts neoptropical migrants like the Hooded and Blackburnian warblers. Vicky’s infectious passion for birds makes this walk enjoyable for everyone. 
What to bring: Appropriate walking shoes, binoculars (the Cradle has a few extra pairs to borrow), notepad, dress for the weather, water, snack
10:00am-3:00pm- Activities and Games
                Learn how ornithologists use mist netting to safely catch and band birds through a demonstration with conservationist Maria Whitehead.
3:00pm-4:00pm- Live Raptor Program with Carolina Mountain Naturalists’ Carlton Burke
Location: Amphitheater
Carlton has shared his love for wildlife education throughout western North Carolina. It is an honor to invite him back for a live raptor program featuring birds that he has rehabilitated. 

More info:

Begun in 1993, World Migratory Bird Day is an educational celebration which highlights this tremendous phenomenon. In addition, WMDB 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 WMBD.

The USDA Forest Service is a sponsor of World Migratory Bird Day.


Sat, May 5, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States
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