All About the Birds
International Migratory Bird Day will be celebrated Saturday, May 16, at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve, Southern Pines.
"A variety of activities and displays are planned from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., so bring a picnic and the whole family," says a spokesman.
- Learn what a neotropical migrant is and why birds migrate. Walk the trails with a ranger to find the best places in the park for migrant species. (Visitors' Center: 8 to 10 a.m.)
- Visit the migration banding station to see migrant birds and other species up close. (Pine Island Trail gazebo: 8 a.m. to noon.)
- Gather information on how to improve the habitat in your yard for birds by adding native plantings as well as augmenting with feeders, bird boxes, water features and more. (Visitors' Center breezeway: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
- Beginning Birdwatching. Learn basic birding skills as you identify the assortment of species visiting the feeding station at the park. (Visitors' Center: 11 a.m. to noon)
- Hear about the hummingbird research being conducted at the park and view a hummingbird banding demonstration. (Visitors' Center: 1 to 2:30 p.m.)
- Learn about the ecology of the endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers at Weymouth Woods. (Visitors' Center: 3 to 4 p.m.)
- Taste shade grown coffee from the tropics, where many of our summer breeding species spend the winter. (Visitors' Center Auditorium: All day)
- View a photo display by local wildlife photographers. (Visitors' Center Auditorium: All day)
"Thanks to Sandhills Ecological Institute (Southern Pines), Wild Birds Unlimited (Aberdeen) and volunteers from Sandhills Natural History Society for making this program possible," says the spokesman.
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