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2013 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at Forest Beach

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International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated across the world throughout the month of May.

May is one of the most anticipated months for many birdwatchers and the public around the United States. Many migratory birds begin returning to their local breeding grounds. Some birds will stay through the summer; others are just stopping over on their way to destinations further north where they breed.

As part of Ozaukee County's Bird City Wisconsin High Flyer designation status, the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Ozaukee County – Planning and Parks Department, Milwaukee Audubon Society and their partners and sponsors are hosting an International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on May 11, 2013. The celebration will take place between 7:00am and 12:00pm and will include bird walk tours, presentations and informational booths from over a dozen organizations, agencies and local businesses.

Wildlife enthusiasts and the public can view a wide range of birds while walking the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve with tour guides throughout the day.

This year Shawn Graff, Executive Director of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, will present "For the Birds: Transformation from Golf Course to Preserve." Just four short years ago Forest Beach Migratory Preserve was a golf course. Now it is home to many native birds and animals and serves as a critical stopover site for migratory birds. Shawn will provide background on this transformation and talk about the wonderful successes to date.

An HBO video presentation of a diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers will reveal how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed the lives of community members.
Finally, a live bird presentation by Jean Lord of the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center will feature live birds and animals with a message about the importance of co-existing with the earth's wild creatures.

The free event will include free food and beverages and will provide fun for the whole family!
The Forest Beach Migratory Preserve is located at 4970 Country Club Road in Belgium, Wisconsin. (Google Map)

7:00 am - Noon
Bird Walk Tours

Dan Panetti from Wild Birds Unlimited and Joel Trick from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (retired) will lead the first tours starting at 7:00am. Mark
Feider, wildlife biologist, and Andrew Struck, Director of The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department will follow up with tours starting at
7:30am and 8:00am. Tours will run continuously throughout the day.

8:00 am
For the Birds:Transformation from Golf Course to Preserve
Shawn Graff, Executive Director of Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Just four short years ago Forest Beach Migratory Preserve was a golf course. Now it is home to many native birds and animals and serves as a critical stopover site for migratory birds. Shawn will provide background on this transformation and talk about the wonderful successes to date.

9:00 am
Bird Conservation in your Backyard
Wildlife biologists will present information on how to make your backyard bird-friendly.

10:00 am
"Birds of Prey" Live Bird Program
Jean Lord, Pine View Rehabilitation Center

Jean will present a program featuring live birds and animals with a message about the importance of co-existing with the earth's wild creatures.

11:00 am
Birders, the Central Park Effect
This HBO video presentation of a diverse group of full-of-attitude
New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.

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