For Immediate Release: March 30, 2011
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Birding Celebration Set for April 22 & 23
Free Event Incorporates Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day
HENDERSON, Nev. –Celebrate Earth Day and International Migratory Bird Day at the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department’s Birding Celebration. The two-day event takes place from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, 350 E. Galleria Dr. It’s free for all ages.
The event includes workshops on birding basics, migration, and attracting hummingbirds; as well as bird identification; educational displays; walks; and Bird Mobile tours. The Bird Mobile seats six visitors and is an excellent way to tour the facility, particularly for those who find walking difficult. Children over the age of 6 may ride on the Bird Mobile, but each child must be accompanied by an adult.
“This event provides people of all ages an opportunity to learn about birding and the hundreds of birds and wildlife that call the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve home,” said Jennifer Magby, Outdoor Recreation coordinator, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Since the preserve is located on the eastern portion of the Pacific Migratory Flyway, it also serves as a welcome rest stop for many birds migrating through.”
International Migratory Bird Day draws attention to the journey more than 350 species of birds take between their summer and winter homes. It is recognized by thousands of people throughout North, South and Central America.
Earth Day, observed on April 22 each year, is meant to bring appreciation for the Earth and the natural environment. The largest civic event in the world, Earth Day encourages support for environmental programs and connects people interested in creating positive change in their communities.
“Our Birding Celebration event combines elements of International Migratory Bird Day with the principles of Earth Day, with an emphasis on the environment, conservation, and environmental protection,” said Magby. “It’s also a great introduction to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, which is truly a wonderful place to visit.”
For additional information and a schedule of events, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 267-4180.
The nationally accredited City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department provides premium services through diverse and innovative parks, recreation and natural resource opportunities. It serves the community with seven recreation centers (including a facility for adults 50+), 11 pools, 52 parks, five skate parks, two sports complexes, more than 60 linear miles of trails, Acacia Demonstration Gardens, the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, and thousands of programs for people of all ages and abilities.