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Charlotte, NC – Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites anyone interested in birds to come to a FREE festival celebrating International Migratory Birds Day on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 8am-1pm at Evergreen Nature Preserve and Sheffield Park, 1300 Tarrington Ave. This event is a great way for children and families to learn about birds in our area and how we can help them.

The festival features informative displays, service learning and volunteer projects, crafts, activities for the whole family, plus guided bird walks in the nature preserve sponsored by the Mecklenburg County Audubon Society. There will even be free hot dogs, while they last! Please park cars at Winterfield Elementary School, 3100 Winterfield Place, next to Sheffield Park.

Some migratory birds in our area include the Wood Thrush, Northern Parula, Ovenbird, Osprey, and various kinds of Warblers.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas--bird migration. Millions of birds travel thousands of miles north and south every spring and fall. IMBD is celebrated on various days, usually in April and May in various places in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. IMBD is organized by Environment for the Americas which promotes public awareness and concern as crucial to migratory bird conservation. The group says, “Citizens who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations.”

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s staff at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and local neighbourhoods are pleased to participate in this festival.