Do you and your little ones love birds? The Bronx Zoo is excited to celebrate the Second Annual Birdathon and Bird Migration Month kicking off on Saturday, May 9 and everyone is welcomed to join in on the fun.
There’s so much for kids of all ages to experience and learn as they join professional birders on nature walks to identify Neotropical migrants in the sky and discover how zookeepers work to protect birds worldwide. They’ll even be a chance to interact with the birds from the zoo’s exhibits. As you explore, try and identify as many birds as you can for the opportunity to win special binoculars and other prizes.
What: Bronx Zoo Birdathon
When: Saturday, May 9, starts at 7:00AM and goes all day
Where: Bronx River gate at Bronx Zoo
Buy tickets: http://bronxzoo.com/events/8
In addition to the special Birdathon event, Bronx Zoo is celebrating Bird Migration Month on weekends from May 9th – May 24th. Red-shouldered hawks, rose-breasted cockatoos, Amazon parrots, and more soar will overhead on the historic Astor Court during the Birds in Flight show. After the show, there will be a chance to meet the fearless flyers face-to-face and learn more about their training, habits, and personalities. Take some time to chat with Zookeepers at the World of Birds exhibit then head over to the Dancing Crane Plaza to make a birdfeeder to help keep track of wildlife from your own backyard.
Bird Migration month also offers a chance to capture photos for #NYisWild to help complete the first prize level which is a chance to win a trip for two to beautiful Belize!
To learn more and participate, visit NYisWild.com and keep an eye out for these ways to be wild:
#29: Bee eater
#45: Inca Tern
#48: Blue Turaco
Details for Bird Migration month can be found at BronxZoo.com
DIY Birdfeeder Instructions
Make your very own DIY Birdfeeder:
- Start off with a milk or juice carton that has been rinsed out
- The front of the box will have a door shaped opening. The cut out part will be used for the eyes. (They are blacked out in the sample picture)
- The sides will have a hole in them to place a stick through so the bird has a place to land on. The wings will be cut out and folded up to give it a 3-D effect.
- The back is a square to cut out, but will have a small triangle on the bottom to fold out for the 3-D tail. The blackened part in the image is going to be used for his nose
- Color, paint, or glue colored paper on the carton
- Tape the eyes and nose on. Have a piece of string available to tie through the opening hole in the back so the birdfeeder can be hung from a tree
- Place bird seeds in the bottom for the birds to have a fun and tasty meal!
I am a WCS Zoo Crew Ambassador and receive a complimentary family premium membership and exclusive opportunities for my participation.