International Migratory Bird Day recognizes the movement of nearly 350 species of birds from their wintering grounds in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to nesting habitats in North America. This year marks the 21st anniversary of IMBD with the theme of “Life Cycles of Migratory Birds.” This theme details all aspects of a migratory birds’ life, from nesting and migration to breeding and raising young. Most importantly, it addresses the need for conservation throughout the life cycle.
On Saturday, June 8th two RMNP events are planned in celebration. From 8AM to 12N at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center visitors have the opportunity to learn more about migratory birds while exploring the park with experienced bird watchers. After a short introduction, visitors and bird walk leaders will caravan into the park to view birds in a variety of habitats. This guided walk will have naturalists and expert birders help beginners identify birds; all ages and abilities are welcomed. Bring warm clothes, water, good walking shoes, binoculars and a snack. The activity is free of charge, but park entrance fees will apply.
At 7:00 p.m. at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center visitors can enjoy the free premiere of “Birds Without Borders,” the new hour long documentary produced by Estes Park’s Nick Mollé and the park’s Chief of Resource Stewardship, Ben Bobowski. Over I50 species of birds share the ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park and Costa Rica. Fifty are known to nest in Rocky and migrate to Costa Rica. “Birds Without Borders” focuses on four of these species. Filmed on location in both countries, the story follows the research team as they attempt to locate and film each of the four birds in sometimes difficult situations.