Swainson’s Hawk. Photo by Izuru Toki
ESPAÑOLA ― New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) invites the community to its celebration of the first semi-annual World Migratory Bird Day, at 11 a.m., May 12.
Visitors will enjoy wildlife presentations, watch raptors eating up close, meet Linda Compton, the author of “Winged Gifts of Grace,” at her book signing, eat from the nacho bar, and watch children while they have fun engaging in arts and crafts activities.
Professional and amateur photographers will display and sell beautiful images of birds, as well. The event is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at NMWC, 19 Wheat St., in Española.
NMWC has had a busy year, establishing new relationships within surrounding communities, new partnerships with other animal and nature centers, and implementing new hours for visitations. At the end of autumn last year, the wildlife hospital closed temporarily for remodeling and training of new staff members. It re-opened permanently in December, and is now preparing for “baby season.”
NMWC also has improved some animal enclosures due to special donations made for that purpose. Visitor numbers are on the increase, and more and more people from surrounding communities are finding us at last.
After 24 years of leading the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Environment for the Americas (EFTA) has locked arms with the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) to more effectively increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds around the globe.
This partnership combines the efforts of two of the world’s most prominent campaigns to educate bird lovers and others concerned with conservation, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) by adopting the WMBD name. Additionally, the celebration will be expanded from the traditional annual event on the second Saturday of May to two events per year, adding the second Saturday of October starting in 2018, the “Year of the Bird.”