Join World Migratory Bird Days on three dates this spring

  • A sandhill crane takes flight to keep up with its mate north of the Marl Flat Forest Preserve near Volo. During  spring migrations, you can see circling flocks of sandhill cranes in the nothern Illinois region.

      A sandhill crane takes flight to keep up with its mate north of the Marl Flat Forest Preserve near Volo. During spring migrations, you can see circling flocks of sandhill cranes in the nothern Illinois region. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer, 2012

 
 
Posted4/25/2022 8:12 PM

Do you know what birds dine on? Can you name a bird just by knowing the size of its nest?

Compete in Birds Across Borders and go on a bird walk. These are just some of the fun activities in celebration of birds at World Migratory Bird Days to be held in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin.

 

2022's theme is "Dim the Lights for Birds at Night."

Spring migration is in full swing. Light pollution is a significant threat to migratory birds, causing disorientation when they fly at night, leading to collisions with buildings, perturbing their internal clocks, or interfering with their ability to undertake long-distance migrations. Solutions to light pollution are readily available. Learn more about night migration and what you can do to help make birds' travels more safe.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Volo Bog, McHenry County Audubon and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are once again bringing a world-wide celebration of birds to the Illinois-Wisconsin stateline region.

Participants are invited to complete activities and win prizes: the more activities completed, the more prizes won.

The first event will be 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at Glacial Park's Lost Valley Visitor Center at Route 31 and Harts Road in Ringwood.

It will be followed on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at Volo Bog State Natural Area at 28478 W. Brandenburg Road in Ingleside.

The third event will be 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Hackmatack NWR Turner Tract, N545-N561 County Hwy H, Genoa City, Wisconsin. To reserve a parking spot for the May 14 event, register at tinyurl.com/7z9v3uau.

Locally, World Migratory Bird Days is a cooperative event between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, McHenry County Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Volo Bog, and McHenry County Audubon, along with approximately 30 volunteers.

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