New London area celebrates Feather Fest
IMBD celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas: bird migration. IMBD is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
As a member of Bird City Wisconsin, New London proudly supports ongoing efforts to educate the public about the joys of birds, the perils birds encounter on their annual migratory journey, and how to conserve and protect local bird habitats. Events for all ages will be held at Hatten Park, the New London Public Museum and Mosquito Hill Nature Center.
Feather Fest kicks off on Saturday, May 12 with a bird hike at 7 a.m. at Mosquito Hill Nature Center. Join Mosquito Hill staff for a leisurely hike on the nature center grounds. Leave your insect repellent at home. You'll learn why.
Later that day, opening comments will be followed by an educational program entitled Birdscaping: Creating a Bird Friendly Landscape, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the center's interpretive building. On Sunday from 2 to 3:30 p.m., plan to attend Tips on Becoming a Better Bird Watcher, where you'll learn practical advice for improving your bird watching experiences. This is a great opportunity to ask bird related questions. Both events are free. Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is appreciated.
A bird identification walk will also be held Monday, May 14 from 3:30-5 p.m. at Hatten Park. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about migratory birds.
The New London Public Museum/Library will offer after-school events including a Migratory Bird Scavenger Hunt on May 15, Movie Day on May 16 and an Open Art Studio day on May 17. These three activities will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each day.
Families can work together to build a hanging platform bird feeder on May 18 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Mosquito Hill. Cost is $5/kit. Space is limited, so call to register before May 16.
On May 19, a 7 a.m. bird hike at Mosquito Hill will be followed by the closing celebration to be held at the Public Museum/Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Explore things you can do to help migratory birds. Projects, crafts and fun for all ages will highlight the importance of helping birds. Passport prizes will be awarded and the museum will offer a sneak peak at their new exhibit, "Save the Birds" including artwork by Wisconsin artist Paul Dominguez.
Bird-inspired artwork by New London students will be exhibited during Feather Fest at the following locations: Mosquito Hill Nature Center, New London Public Museum, First State Bank and Community First Credit Union.
Anyone is welcome to pick up a Feather Fest Passport at the New London Public Museum and Library, City Hall, Lawton Family Dentistry or Mosquito Hill Nature Center. By filling out the passport and attending four different events, individuals and families will be entered into a chance to win prizes.
For assistance or more information about any Feather Fest activities, call Mosquito Hill Nature Center at 920-779-6433 or e-mail email@example.com.
A complete schedule may be found at www.birdcitywisconsin.org. Feather Fest is sponsored by the Shamrock Club of New Dublin, First State Bank, Lawton Family Dentistry, Super Lube and Community First Credit Union.
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