The Helena National Forest, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Discovery Foundation, Prickly Pear Land Trust, and Birds and Beasleys are hosting our 10th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s Bird Day theme is “Life Cycles of Migratory Birds.”
Bird Banners! In the next week or so, you will start to see more birds hanging around in downtown Helena. Eye-catching and colorful bird banners created by many talented students from Four Georgians will be placed on light-posts downtown.
April 27: The Early Bird fun run is Saturday, April 27 at the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir. The routes are 1.5 miles or 5 miles around the Reservoir, giving runners an opportunity to view some birds in the area! The Early Bird and is open to people of all ages and running abilities; and starts at 10 a.m. Runners can register the day of the race at 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. and the fee is $15. There are fabulous door prizes and awards for the top runners!
May 1 & 2: Special guests: a live ambassador bird, Woodsy Owl and the Blue Goose will welcome children to story hour at the Lewis & Clark Library. The Library will celebrate Bird Day by hosting two 30-minute storytelling sessions about birds at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day.
Saturday, May 4: Participants can start their Bird Day experience at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 th with guided early bird hikes at the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir. The main Bird Day event begins at 9 a.m. at the Reservoir, and is free and open to all!!
At the Bird Day festival, participants can spend their time doing numerous hands-on activities and interactive games, family guided bird hikes and enjoying live music and entertainment from local talents. The Montana Raptor Center will also bring some special “guests” to the event as well.
Bird Day activities and games include: building a bird house, weaving willow baskets, cookie decorating, learning backyard habitat tips and tricks, the Art of Birding with Jane Beasley, creating your own bird poetry, temporary tattoos and face paintings, bird photography, wood carving, bird crafts and origami and much more! Concessions will be available throughout the day.
For more information about Helena’s 2013 International Migratory Bird Day event, contact Kathy Bushnell at 406-495-3747.