Flock to the Spring Migration Celebration

04/27/2011
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Grab your binoculars and flock to the Spring Migration Celebration with Friends of Creamer’s Field at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Saturday, April 30 from noon to 4 p.m. The warming temperatures and16 hours of daylight make for great conditions for humans and birds alike.

Since the celebration coincides with the peak of bird migration, it’s a perfect time to test out your “twitching” skills. If you’re new to birding lingo, a “twitcher” is someone who travels to see a rare bird. More bird lingo includes seeing a “ringer,” a bird that has a tracking ring on it, being a “patchworker,” someone who looks for birds in the same area, and a “tick,” which represents a new bird on your must-see list; one to tick off the list.

Last year by mid-April, greater white-fronted geese and more than 1,000 Canadian Geese had been spotted. Catch a glimpse of other “waterfowl,” birds that are especially strong swimmers, such as snow geese, mallards, northern pintails, canvasback, American wigeon and green-winged teal birds before they disperse to their breeding areas.

If the bird lingo flies a little over your head, don’t worry. Informational booths of local conservation organizations will be on hand. There will also be plenty of activities for the whole family such as puppet shows, crafts and games.

And if you aren’t big “twitcher,” take a nature walk instead and enjoy the sights and sounds of 1,800 acres of beauty. A leisurely stroll through the Boreal Forest Trail, the Wetland Forest Trail or the Farm Road Trail will wind through a variety of natural habitats common to the Interior, including forest, shrub, muskeg and wetlands.

The Spring Migration Celebration is a free event. Click here for current weather, trail conditions and additional information.

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