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Posted on: May 2, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with Woodland Dunes

Enjoy a ham and pancake breakfast and a morning of fun and learning about birds. Meet wild songbirds during bird banding and release demonstrations (weather permitting), and explore the trails and wildlife on guided bird and nature hikes.

At 8:30am, join a birder for the Big Sit! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, coffee, binoculars and bird book and sit in a birding hotspot with a naturalist and document as many bird species as possible. All bird species seen or heard on guided hikes and during the Big Sit will be added to the Big Bird List.

Stan Temple, the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will also be speaking at 11:15am about the Passenger Pigeon and how this year marks the 100th anniversary of their extinction.

The loss of the Passenger Pigeon stands as the iconic extinction event in our country's history, and Wisconsin has a special place in the story. The 2014 centennial of this tragedy offers a very teachable moment about the world’s ongoing extinction crisis and our relationship with other species.

Stan has spent his career working to save endangered species and the habitats on which they depend. He has received major awards and has been President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.

This event celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), a day dedicated to fostering awareness and conservation of migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Additionally, official community recognition of IMBD is one of the requirements for becoming a Bird City Wisconsin, a designation that both the Cities of Two Rivers and Manitowoc recently have obtained.

Bird Breakfast takes place at Woodland Dunes Nature Center on Hwy 310 (Hawthorne Ave.), just west of Two Rivers. Admission is $5 per adult, $4 per child age 5 to 12 and children ages 4 and under are free. Browns of Two Rivers, the Dominion Foundation and SeedsNBeans sponsor the event. For more information, visit www.woodlanddunes.org or call 920-793-4007.

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