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Celebrate the Year of the Bird at International Migratory Bird Day in LaBagh Woods

May 11, 2018

Event to include bird banding, bird walks and more


Celebrate the Year of the Bird during the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) event from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at LaBagh Woods, 5400 N Cicero Ave. in Chicago. During the event, attendees can enjoy seeing a variety of birds migrating from Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


Event attendees can also watch bird banding, meet a raptor, join a beginner bird walk, participate in fun bird related activities and more. The theme for this year’s International Migratory Bird Day Celebration is “Year of the Bird,” with the goal of teaching people about bird conservation and what they can do to help protect birds year round.


IMBD events not only celebrate birds but also provide information and promote activities to help protect them.


“At this year’s event we will have bird guides to help attendees see these tiny colorful songbirds that stop over for a few days each spring,” said Louise Clemency, field supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Chicago Ecological Services Office. “Additionally, attendees will learn about different plants and shrubs that can be used in home gardens that migratory birds need for resting and feeding before they continue their long journeys north to their summer nesting grounds.”


The IMBD celebration at LaBagh Woods is also a great way for people to get outdoors, spend time in nature, and observe and appreciate wildlife close to home.


“We believe supporting migratory bird events is important because they provide opportunities for city youth and families to connect with nature and learn that it’s all around,” said Shelley Davis, executive director of the Forest Preserve Foundation.


This event is free to attend and is part of a global effort, now known as World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), between Environment for the Americas, the Convention on Migratory Species, and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds. For more information on WMBD, visit


Funding for this event comes in part from the Forest Preserve Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.



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