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International Migratory Bird Day 2015

Celebrate international Migratory Bird Day with us! We're hosting our 6th IMBD Celebration at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve on May 16 starting at 6:30am. Tours, discussions, exhibits and birding are what the day is all about.

         The Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
          The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
          4970 Country Club Road
          Port Washington, WI 53074

6:30 am to 8:30 am
Bird Inventory and Scavenger Hunt - Lion’s Den Gorge
Join Carl Schwartz of Bird City Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology,  and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory for an early morning guided birding hike, followed by a “bird scavenger hunt.”

7 am to 10 am
Birding Hikes – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
William Mueller of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory, and Dan Panetti, of Wild Birds Unlimited and the Milwaukee Audubon Society will lead guided bird hikes from the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve Club House. Hikes will begin every half hour.

8:30 am
Bench Dedication for Noel J. Cutright – Lion’s Den Gorge
A well-known and beloved Wisconsin ornithologist, Noel Cutright devoted his life to bird conservation and citizen science. Join the Milwaukee Audubon Society for a bench dedication in his honor.

8:30 am
Birds Counts – Coal Dock Park in Port Washington
Join Mark Feider, a biologist and birding- expert for a bird count at Coal Dock Park. The former We Energies coal dock now serves the public as green space and as a migratory stop-over site on the shores of Lake Michigan.

9 am
Nature Photography Workshop – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Kate Redmond is a local naturalist and environmental educator. The BugLady, of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog, wrote the online field guide to the Mequon Nature Preserve, and currently writes essays about local insects and invertebrates. Join Kate for insight about photographing nature, then head outside to test your new skills!

10 am
Live Raptors Exhibit – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center admits birds of prey, reptiles, and predatory mammals. Jeannie Lord, Executive Director, will include live birds in her presentation and introduce the audience to these amazing animals and the threats that they face.

11 am
Discussion regarding Lake Michigan Clay Banks and the Cedar Heights Gorge Acquisition - Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
The Nature Conservancy, OWLT, and Ozaukee County are teaming together to purchase this unique and valuable land for preservation. Join Andrew Struck, of the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department and the Milwaukee Audubon Society for a discussion about this project!

1 pm
For the Birds – Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
Join the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory for a celebration at “For the Birds,” which will feature tours of the preserve, showcase locally built bird houses with cash prizes, have a silent auction of handcrafted items and vacation packages, a “State of the Birds” address by Carl Schwartz, and a tenderloin luncheon featuring locally-grown foods! (This is the only event with a cost- $10).

Please contact OWLT at (262) 338-1794 for reservations!

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