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International Migratory Bird Day Presents Chance for Locals to Familiarize Themselves with Birds in Area

Posted On
May 05, 2015
Local News

REXBURG – Have you ever wanted to learn more about birds in this area?

Now you’ll have a chance.

Greater Idaho Falls international Migratory Bird Day will be held May 15-16. The event will be held at Ducks Unlimited Market Lake Ranch, adjacent to Market Lake Wildlife Management Area, and at various tours around the region.

The theme this year is “Restore habitat, restore birds.”

“We think it’s a great theme for our area for all the conservation and restoration that has happened along the rivers in our region,” said Rob Cavallaro, regional wildlife biologist with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “We’ve got [conservation] on a large scale starting on Henry’s Lake and the main Snake [River], areas that are important for migratory birds.”

Cavallaro said the event is open to all. It is an opportunity to interact with the community.

“It is a great opportunity to get together as a community and talk about how important our area is to bird conservation and also just having fun in going out and watching birds.

“That would be the idea, to create a lifelong interest. We want to expose them to the fact that they live in an extraordinary area for birds – introducing them to birds as a form of enjoyment in their lives but also educating them about the area they live in,” Cavallaro said.

Cavallaro said one of his favorite parts of the event is the Live Bird presentation from Teton Raptor Center, in which participants can get up close to birds of prey.

“That is a favorite and a favorite with the kids because of the live birds.” Cavallaro said.

He also enjoys the scheduled tours to various Wildlife Management Areas.

“We go out to areas Like Wildlife Management Areas that you aren’t able to normally access,” Cavallaro said. “We allow access behind the scenes so you can get a good look at birds coming in and starting the breeding season.”

The event would not be possible without a number of organizations contributing.

“We’ve got all kinds of folks who are chipping in to make this happen,” Cavallaro said. “The fact is that we’re all collaborating because we think it’s important and an opportunity to have fun. That’s a neat thing.”

Schedule of Events:

May 15: See conservation in action by joining a scheduled birding tour of The Nature Conservancy Flat Ranch in Island Park or the Gold Ranch on the Henry’s Fork. Tours are limited: Contact Rob Carvallaro (525-7290) for reservations. No cost, but donations to the Eastern Idaho International Migratory Bird Day fund are appreciated.

May 16: Scheduled tours to Market Lake WMA, Mud Lake WMA (Limited canoes available. You likely need your own canoe/kayak), Camas NWR and the Snake River. Tours are by reservation only and limited to 12 persons per tour. Contact Brian Wehausen ([email protected] or 208-241-5410) to register. No cost, but donations to the Eastern Idaho International Migratory Bird Day fund are appreciated.

9 a.m. – Market Lake Ranch open to the public. Area biologist and naturalists will be on hand with displays and information, and area birder will be available to take beginning birders on birding walks or accompany you to Market Lake WMA. Learn how to make your back yard a bird paradise!

9:30 a.m. – Beginning Birding Class. Have you wanted to get started in birding but haven’t known how? Join this two-hour class to learn birding basics and then take a short walk to put what you learn into practice. Sign up by contacting the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at 208-525-7290. Reserve your space today. The class is limited to 15 people. No cost but donations are appreciated. Learn the history and purpose of waterfowl decoys as you watch master carvers produce handmade decoys throughout the day.

10 a.m. – Especially for kids. Learn how to identify birds, go on a bird walk with a local birder, build a bird house with expert help from Home Depot and have fun painting decoys. BYU-Idaho students will be on hand to help kids with fun bird related activities. Binoculars and tools supplied.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Free lunch (hamburgers, hot dogs, and chips) to be served. No cost, but donations to the Eastern Idaho International Migratory Bird Day fund are appreciated.

1:10 p.m. – Live bird presentation from Teton Raptor Center. Enjoy a unique, up-close, arm’s-length learning experience with live raptors, featuring hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. Learn about traits of raptors, adaptations of diurnal and nocturnal raptors, fables and stories about raptors, local birds of prey, predator and prey relationships, conservation issues and more from Teton Raptor Center!

Directions to the Ducks Unlimited Market Lake Ranch: From Idaho Falls: Travel north on Interstate 15 for approximately 18 miles to Roberts Idaho. Take the Roberts exit (Exit 135) east onto E 627 N and drive to North Bassett Road (N 2880 E). Turn north on North Bassett Road. Travel through the town of Roberts for approximately 1.75 miles to the Diamond Road (E 800 N). Turn left (west) onto the Diamond road and cross over interstate 15. The Ducks Unlimited Market Lake Ranch headquarters (formerly Western Wings property) is on the left. Camas NWR, Mud Lake WMA and Market Lake WMA are easily accessible fro

Originally posted on Upper Valley Standard Journal