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Nature Canada celebrates International Migratory Bird Day for third consecutive year
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Nature Canada celebrates International Migratory Bird Day for third consecutive year

OTTAWA – (May 29, 2014) Nature Canada is hosting a Bird Day Fair for all ages in Ottawa this Saturday, May 31, 2014. The Bird Day Fair celebrates the region’s migratory birds through educational activities, live demonstrations, nature walks and much more. Bird Day Fair is one of many events taking place this month as part of International Migratory Bird Day, an international initiative encouraging habitat conservation and increasing awareness of birds. “Bird Day Fair is a great chance for us to come together as a community to celebrate and have fun all while enjoying nature and learning about the birds and other wildlife that call this area home,” said Stephen Hazell, Interim Executive Director for Nature Canada. More than 40 Bird Day events have been hosted by communities from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island. Nature Canada’s Bird Day event, like many of the events held across the country, will take place inside an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). Bird Day Fair will take place in Andrew Haydon Park from 10am to 4pm and will feature bird banding, nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration and local groups who are working to protect wildlife. International Migratory Bird Day is an initiative led by Environment for the Americas. Nature Canada delivers Bird Day in Canada. -30- [one_half][separator headline="h2" title="About Nature Canada"] Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and the countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, we represent a network of over 45,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations in every province across Canada. Nature Canada has delivered the Bird Day initiative in Canada since 2012.[/one_half] [one_half_last][separator headline="h2" title="About Bird Day"] International Migratory Bird Day is a project of Environment for the Americas and was created in 1993 to focus attention on the need to conserve birds and their habitats. Nature Canada is the official Canadian partner for International Migratory Bird Day. For more information, visit http://naturecanada.ca/initiatives/bird-day/.[/one_half_last] [separator headline="h2" title="Media Contacts"] (English and French) Paul Jorgenson, Senior Communications Manager, 613-562-3447 ext. 248 pjorgenson@naturecanada.ca (English) Monica Tanaka, Communications Coordinator, Nature Canada, 613-562-3447 ext 241, mtanaka@naturecanada.ca (French) Monette Gauvreau, Traductrice, 613-562-3447 ext 233, mgauvreau@naturecanada.ca

Come out to Bird Day Fair in Ottawa!
Photo by Rachel Thibodeau
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Come out to Bird Day Fair in Ottawa!

Join us for Bird Day Fair at Andrew Haydon Park, Saturday May 31st – 10am-4pm Just as our migratory birds are returning to Canada from their wintering grounds south of the border, a huge celebration is unfolding across the continent to celebrate birds – and you can be part of it! Bird Day is a celebration of migratory birds and the wild spaces they inhabit. Join Nature Canada in a celebration of the incredible migration journey of birds through a day of fun activities for the whole family. There will be nature walks, crafts and activities, a live raptor demonstration, and an opportunity to meet local groups working to protect wildlife. It's also a great opportunity to test drive our fantastic NEW app that helps you map local wildlife sightings. Several organizations like Ecology Ottawa, Wild Birds Unlimited, Nikon, Master Gardeners of Ottawa and others will be there to share information about their work. Check out our Facebook event page and our Bird Day pages on our website for more information on the day's events. We'll be giving away FREE bookmarks and Junior Birder Guidebooks in English and en Français on May 31 so be sure to come early! See below for the Bird Day Fair schedule of events. Photo by Rachel Thibodeau birdday2014 schedule of events for Bird Day Fair

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