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"Restore Habitat, Restore Birds" is the theme for the 16th Annual International Migratory Bird Day festival and Run for the Birds race being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.
As its name implies, event coordinator Cindy Deas said the festival is "an international event held all over the world on the second Saturday in May to encourage and educate people about the importance of respecting natural resources, learning about bird's migration, the importance of sustaining bird habitat, and how you can create your own bird habitat in your backyard." She said Saturday's festival is a free family fun event with great education and outreach opportunities, with hands-on activities and displays.
Programs and activities
Among the scheduled activities are educational games and crafts, kayak bird tours, face painting, live bird demonstrations, bird house building and more. Kids can participate in a Bird Day Passport activity, where participants can go to at least eight of the 17 educational activity booths and obtain a bird stamp. Submitted passports will be eligible for a Bird Day Passport Bag prizes. Offered throughout the day will be entertainment by Pick'n Roses, The Lads of Leisure, Hispanic Dancers, and Bill Palmer.
"We will have special appearances of several 'Bird Mascots' throughout the day," Deas said. "Be sure to bring your cameras to get photos of your children with Hootie the OIT Owl, the Tulelake Honker, Pelican Pete, a shore bird, and Ralph the Eagle. Also remember that Badger Run will be there with their live bird demonstrations, so it will certainly be a great day for the birds."
Deas said two guided bird walks also will be offered along the Lake Ewauna Trail. The first tour will leave from near the Veterans Memorial Park bathroom area at 10:30 a.m. and the second will leave from the same location at noon. A limited number of binoculars will be available for people to use during the walks. Guides will be Marshal Moser from Lonesome Duck and Rick Hardy, from Klamath Basin Audubon Society.
"This would be a great experience for a beginning birder, as the guides will be able to help you, and it will give you a great start to begin birding on your own," Deas said.
'Run for the Birds'
The Linkville Lopers Running and Walking Club will host its annual "Run for the Birds." Events include a 1-mile kids fun run/walk; 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) trail run/walk; and a 10K (6.2 miles) trail run. People can preregister by contacting Dave Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting linkvillelopers.org. Packet pick-up and race day registration starts at 8:15 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged.
International Migratory Bird Day is sponsored by the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges, Sky Lakes Medical Center, Herald and News, Klamath Basin Audubon Society, Klamath Watershed Partnership, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Klamath Wingwatchers, Forest Service, Walkers Brothers, Lava Beds Natural History Association, Lakeshore Landing, Wal-Mart, Staples, Great Outdoors Alliance, Klamath Falls City Parks, Linkville Lopers, Klamath Basin Home Builders Association, Klamath Water Users Association, Klamath Tribes, Denham Music, Merrill and Bonanza Clinics, and Deborah Thompson Insurance Company.