Thursday, August 21, 2008
Classes can register for Kid’s Day
In anticipation of the ninth Annual Hummingbird Migration Celebration, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center would like to invite local teachers and students in grades 2 to 8 to register for Kid’s Day on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Students will hear informative presentations by our three most popular presenters. With us again this year will be Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation. Rob Mies brings with him an assortment of live bats, some of which are native and some are found in other parts of the world. John DeFillipo of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will be presenting a variety of reptiles, including a live alligator. Andi Lehman of Mississippi Wildlife Rehabilitation will introduce students to a variety of hawks and owls and discuss the challenges these birds face in the wild.
Following the live animal presentations, students will walk through the forest trail to the visitor’s center where volunteers from Tennessee and Mississippi Ornithological Societies will introduce them to the amazing world of the ruby-throated hummingbird. Students and teachers will be able to view the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit the feeders at Strawberry Plains.
School groups are also invited to bring their lunch and take advantage of the picnic grounds following the program.
Kid’s Day precedes the Hummingbird Migration Celebration on September 5-7, which is one of the largest Audubon-sponsored nature festivals in the country. Kid’s Day and the Hummingbird Migration Celebration coincide with the peak of the ruby-throated hummingbird’s southward migration. Other activities throughout the weekend include bird-banding sessions, guided nature walks, wagon rides on the preserve, tours of the historic Strawberry Plains plantation home, a nature products trade show, and a children’s activity tent.
The cost for Kid’s Day on September 3 is $5 per student. Tickets for the Hummingbird Migration Celebration, September 5-7, are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children under 12 (children under 3 are admitted free). Admission for passenger or commercial vans is $7 per person. Admission prices include all festival nature programs and free parking.
To make a reservation for Kid’s Day please call 662-252-1155. For more information on the Hummingbird Migration Celebration, visit our web site at www.msaudubon.org or call 662-252-1155.
Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in conservation.
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