Bird-watchers flock to migratory bird day event

  • Tim Banks of Wheaton, right, points to a bird during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Observers, from left, are Hazem Alkhan of Glen Ellyn, Heidi Banks and naturalist Nathan Hambel.

    Tim Banks of Wheaton, right, points to a bird during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Observers, from left, are Hazem Alkhan of Glen Ellyn, Heidi Banks and naturalist Nathan Hambel. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Hazem Alkhan of Glen Ellyn says "birds are the best way for me to connect to nature. They are everywhere and a lovely part of our world." He saw and heard 40 different species during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

    Hazem Alkhan of Glen Ellyn says "birds are the best way for me to connect to nature. They are everywhere and a lovely part of our world." He saw and heard 40 different species during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • A common yellowthroat sitting on a rock is reflected in the water during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn.

    A common yellowthroat sitting on a rock is reflected in the water during International Migratory Bird Day at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 5/12/2018 5:53 PM

Bird-watchers were on hand Saturday to observe birds from Central and South America pass through DuPage County on their way to nesting grounds to the north.

The annual International Migratory Bird Day attracted visitors to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn to see some of the long-distance travelers. The center has been hosting the bird-watching event for more than a decade.

 

The event included a variety of activities for kids and adults, including bird walks, a Big Sit bird count and a bird-banding demonstration. There were also a variety of crafts and activities for all ages.

Organizers said they hoped residents attending International Migratory Bird Day for the first time would leave with an understanding of how many birds are around us.

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