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Canadians of all ages Celebrate Migratory Birds
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Canadians of all ages Celebrate Migratory Birds

On May 12th, folks from all over Canada gathered at their local nature clubs to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. This day of celebration included events (such as bird watches, bird banding, and bird demonstrations) for keen birders and enthusiasts, as well as activities for children interested in learning about their winged friends on their migratory journey back home to Canada. With numerous events occurring in every Canadian province, World Migratory Bird Day celebrations were met with great success! Many events were happy to promote their festivities. Below is a map marking the events that we gathered across the country


Here are a few pictures that we gathered from just a few of these World Migratory Bird Day events happening all across Canada.


[caption id="attachment_37052" align="alignright" width="275"] Photo of birding walks by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37051" align="alignleft" width="271"] Kids doing arts and crafts with Earth Path in Ottawa, ON. Photo courtesy of Earth's Path.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37055" align="aligncenter" width="206"] Photo by Nature Saskatchewan from their various Bird Day events in Regina, SK.[/caption]  
[caption id="attachment_37053" align="aligncenter" width="655"] Birding walks at the Humber Arboretum Bird Blitz in Toronto, ON.[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_37056" align="alignleft" width="330"] Photo of birders in Toronto, ON by Tommy Thompson Park.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_37057" align="alignright" width="441"] Bird demonstrations at Rouge National Urban Park, photo courtesy of Wild Ontario.[/caption]                    
[caption id="attachment_37054" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Birders at Bird Studies Canada in Long Point, ON. Photo courtesy of Jody Allair.[/caption]
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Bird Day Eh: Canadian Birders Come Together
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Bird Day Eh: Canadian Birders Come Together

Every year, the second Saturday of the month of May is dedicated to celebrating the journey of migratory birds for World Migratory Bird Day. Last Saturday, May 12th, Canadians in over forty-five cities across the country celebrated the return of migratory birds at Bird Day events. It was a day of celebration marked by nature walks, bird counts, & activities for birders of all ages to learn more about the journey and challenges that millions of migratory birds face every year to return to Canada. This year was the 25th anniversary of the celebration, and to commemorate this milestone, Nature Canada teamed up with Bird Studies Canada and Quebec Oiseaux to create and provide support to a network of organizations hosting Bird Day events across Canada. There were a combined forty-eight events in British-Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova-Scotia, Prince-Edward-Island and Newfoundland & Labrador. Here are a few photos from the event that took place in Ottawa, at the Ottawa Children's Festival at LeBreton Flats Park. We were honoured to have Algonquin Elder, Annie Smith St-George open the day with a smudging ceremony, and that Environment and Climate Change Minster Catherine McKenna attended the event to lend her voice to birds in Canada.


[caption id="attachment_36910" align="alignleft" width="383"] Falcon Ed at the Ottawa Bird Day Event.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36905" align="alignright" width="389"] Young Nature lover at the Ottawa Bird Day Event.[/caption]              

Nature Canada would also like to thank it's local partner, Earth Path, for joining in on the fun with many bird-related activities at the Festival. As well, we would like to acknowledge the financial support of Science Odyssey, without which this World Migratory Bird Day Event could not have taken place.
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Join Us for Bird Day 2018!
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Join Us for Bird Day 2018!

Join Nature Canada in celebrating World Migratory Bird Day with the Ottawa Children's Festival on Saturday, May 12th! Celebrations will be held at LeBreton Flats in Ottawa, and will be kicking off at 10:00 AM.


Nature Canada will be leading three Guided Nature Walks at 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM.  These walks will be lead by Nature Canada's Naturalist Director and resident bird-expert, Ted Cheskey, as well as other expert naturalists. These walks will enable everyone to explore their surroundings and discover the birds species with whom they share their local urban spaces. Between the guided nature walks there will also be Birds of Prey Flight Shows with Falcon Ed at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Falcon Ed is a company that specializes in falconry, training birds of prey, ecological control and educational presentations. You can learn more at: http://fauconeduc.biz/. [caption id="attachment_32840" align="alignnone" width="940"]Image of 2016 Bird Day Event 2016 Bird Day Event. Photography by Nina Stavlund[/caption]

Schedule for the day

Here is the schedule for all activities in which Nature Canada will be involved at the World Migratory Bird Day event in Ottawa, in conjunction with the Ottawa Children's Festival: [custom_table style="1"]
10:00 AM  Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM  Guided Nature Walk (45 mins)
 11:15 AM  Birds of Prey Flight Show by Falcon Ed
 12:00 PM

Welcome from Environment and Climate, Change Minister, Catherine McKenna

 12:30 PM Guided Nature Walk (90 mins)
 1:30 PM Birds of Prey Flight Show by Falcon Ed
All Day Activities at the Nature Canada booth
[/custom_table] Our local partner, Earth Path will have some bird-related activities for kids at their booth between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Earth Path is a non-profit organization based in the Ottawa region, dedicated to fostering meaningful relationships between people and the natural world. For more information on Earth Path, please visit their official website. For more information on the many fun and interactive activities that will be taking place at the Ottawa Children's Festival, please visit their official website. Nature Canada would like to thank Science Odyssey for their financial support for the World Migratory Bird Day event in Ottawa. Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast.  Without them, we wouldn't be able to welcome back the birds! For more information on their mission and other events, visit their official website.

Plan your trip to Nature Canada’s World Migratory Bird Day!

The Ottawa World Migratory Bird Day event will be held at LeBreton Flats, off the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway, directly in front of the Canadian War Museum at 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa ON  K1A 0M8. For those commuting by bus, the closest transit station is the LeBreton Flats Station. Those that are planning on commuting by car, consult the information on indoor parking at the Canadian War Museum.
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