Kodiak Daily Mirror - Kodiak celebrates International Migratory Bird Day Saturday
Kodiak celebrates International Migratory Bird Day Saturday
May 15, 2014 | 72 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A representative of a non-migratory species will travel to Kodiak Saturday to help celebrate International Migratory Bird Day, Saturday at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Crawford the raven, a resident at the Alaska Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, will appear with handler DeAnne Sabol for an afternoon program.

“We almost always bring owls, and owls are not migratory, either,” Kodiak Audubon Society president Cindy Trussell said.

The local Audubon co-hosts the annual event with KNWR, aimed at raising awareness of migratory species and their habitats.

At 10:30 a.m. children can get free bird feeder kits and help putting them together. The kits are easy to make, with pre-drilled holes.

“It’s pretty amazing how small a kid can more or less do it by themselves,” Audubon member Rich MacIntosh said.

The young crafters will also receive a small package of birdseed.

New to the festivities this year is an exhibition of work by local photographers. Prizes will be awarded at noon, followed by Crawford and Sabol’s presentation.

Trussell said the organizers hopes visitors learn to appreciate our yearly visitors.

“Alaska has breeding grounds for lots of migratory birds,” she said, noting that four species of warbler live on Kodiak during the summer. “We have Wilson’s warbler, which are really pretty yellow birds.”

Other favorites are the hermit thrush and the golden crown sparrow, with their distinctive songs.

Starting June 7, Audubon hosts a series of hikes of various levels of difficulty, meeting at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer. For a complete schedule visit kodiakaudubon.blogspot.com.

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