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International Migratory Bird Day Activities Planned in Livingston

2013 International Migratory Bird Day

Black-headed Grosbeak  (Photo by L. Harris)

Black-headed Grosbeak (Photo by L. Harris)

Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas!

Come join the fun with the Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston Adult Community Education, and Links for Learning! Learn more about our fine-feathered friends through free lectures and field trips presented by experts in avian resources. This year’s theme details all aspects of a migratory bird’s life, from nesting and migration to breeding and raising young. Habitat conditions in one season may affect the survival and nesting success of birds in another. From winter habitats to migratory stop over sites and quality nesting sites – all influence nesting success which starts the cycle all over again! Refreshments, including bird-friendly shade-grown coffee and cookies will be served during the evening of lectures. All IMBD offerings are open to community members of all ages.
Free lectures to be held at Washington School, 315 N. 8th Street, Livingston

Friday, May 17 – 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Short-Grass Prairie Birds!

Presenter: Beth Madden, Wildlife Biologist and Rachel Feigley, US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist

Join us for some quality bird watching near Big Timber in short-grass prairie and other unique habitats. We will hit birding hot spots on routes within Sweetgrass County and try to identify as many species as possible. Options for possible viewing include longspurs, sandhill cranes, raptors, waterfowl, and migratory songbirds. No fee. Meet at the Yellowstone Ranger District, Big Timber Office, 225 Big Timber Loop Road.

Friday, May 31 – 7:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.

Bird Banding Demonstration!

Presenter: Neil Travis, Master Permit Holder, Federal Bird Bander

Come and observe a working bird banding station! Neil is back again and will be banding birds at a local spring creek using mist nets. The technique of bird banding will be demonstrated as participants see birds being removed from the nets, the actual banding process, and observe birds in the hand. Participants may be allowed to hold a living wild bird after it has been banded prior to its release – a great trip for young and old alike! No fee. Meet at the Yellowstone Ranger District, Livingston Office, 5242 Hwy 89 South.

IMBD offerings are open to community members of all ages. Please sign up for evening lectures and field trips through the Livingston Adult Community Education website @ www.livingstonace.org. For more information, call Rachel Feigley, Yellowstone District Wildlife Biologist, at 222-1892 or 823-6064 or go to the Gallatin NF website, http://www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin/ !

Life Cycles of Migratory Birds: Conservation Across the Americas

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