Whether it is the beautiful symphony they serenade us with every morning, the breathtaking sight of their plumage, or the majestic plunge of a raptor gunning for its prey, birds astound and awe. Some are valued for their pest annihilating skills, seed dispersing abilities, or even as game birds, but regardless – conservation for future generations is a priority.
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is an international effort to celebrate migrating birds, as well as their protection under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This year for IMBD, groups are highlighting the importance of stopover locations. Migratory birds travel hundreds to thousands of miles to eat, breed, and nest. During this time, they rely on stopover locations that allow them to rest from their journey, and more importantly, eat. Birds can nearly double their body weight at some of these sites! Many birds stop along resource rich areas along the coast, but West Virginia’s forests and wetlands are a safe haven too. Without food to recharge their energy, many cannot reach their destination.
These habitats are managed and supported by National Wildlife Refuges, park systems, and other organizations for the benefit of birds. This year Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge is hosting several events to educate, as well as appreciate, migratory birds.
Join us for bird walks, activities, and an art class to celebrate bird conservation!! All events are free. For more information, check out our events page!