World Migratory Bird Day offers the chance to celebrate Spring and the arrival of migrating birds with live demonstrations, informative presentations, and hands-on activities and games for kids. The theme this year is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.” It will take place Saturday May 11, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the Lincoln City Community Center.
World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each year to highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. More than 300 events in more than 60 countries mark[ed] World Migratory Bird Day 2018… [including] bird festivals, education programs, media events, bird watching trips, presentations, film screenings, and a benefit concert to raise funds for international nature conservation.
This year’s theme, “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” strikes a chord with all who are interested in protecting our beautiful coastal habitat and wildlife.
“Simply put, plastic pollution is a killer. Checkout bags from the grocery store, foam foodware, single-use water bottles, cigarette butts, and other plastics are responsible for everything from ugly litter to the death of wildlife.” (excerpt from Surfrider Foundation’s “Rise Above Plastics Toolkit”). Festivals like ours help to raise public awareness and offer viable solutions.
Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) is bringing the Migratory Bird Day festival to the Lincoln City Community Center in partnership with Lincoln City Parks & Recreation, Newport Oregon Surfrider Foundation, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch, Oregon State Parks & Recreation, Tillamook County Master Recyclers, US Forest Service at Siuslaw National Forest, and Environment for the Americas. The festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Chinook Winds Golf Resort and Salishan Resort. The festival offers fun for the entire family! It is free to the public and no registration is required.
Everyone will have a chance to win a variety of door prizes, including T-shirt and bag from Trillium, variety of household items such as bamboo utensils, reusable food wraps, metal straws, shopping and produce bags, and much more. (must be present to win).
Raffle sales (do not need to be present to win) – two night deluxe accommodations at Salishan Resort.
Interact with Chintimini Wildlife Center’s live raptors.
Celebrate our kids as well as our birds and habit through the huge Lincoln City Habitat Mural created at last year’s festival and completed by St James Santiago School children.
Interactive booths with information and people to answer your questions on our three topics:
Why does plastic pollution matter?
What is being done about it?
What can I do?
Enjoy kids activities including “Message in a Bottle” art project with Pooka Rice, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, free face painting, and our Wingspan mural where kids of all ages can compare their “wingspan” with that of birds like Bald Eagles.
Early risers can enjoy an 8:30am guided bird walk at the nearby Friends of the Wildwoods Open Space.
10:00am – doors open, kids activities begin
10:30am – “Why does plastic pollution matter?” presentation
11:00am – Browse booths, first round of door prize drawings.
11:30am – “What is being done about it?” presentation
Noon – Light refreshments, more time to browse, second round of door prize drawings.
12:30pm – “What can I do?” panel discussion clean-up, advocacy, and ways to reduce single-use plastics in the home.
1:00pm – Browse booths, final door prize and raffle drawings.
1:30pm – We we will wrap up the day showing some of the artwork created by the children during the festival.
The festival offers fun for the entire family! It is free to the public and no registration is required.
For more information, visit our website at www.lincolncityaudubon.org, on Facebook @audubonlincolncity, or
contact ASLC President dawn villaescusa at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-507-8457.