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International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) in Rocky Mountain National Park by participating in any or all of our weekend events at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.



On Friday, June 6, at 7:00 p.m. join local producer Nick Molle as he shows his documentary film “Birds Without Borders” which focuses on four of the over 150 species of birds that share the ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park and Costa Rica; fifty of which are known to nest in Rocky and migrate to Costa Rica.  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.  The one hour film will be shown at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center and is free and open to the public.


Take a Bird Walk on Saturday, June 7.  Begin at 8:00 a.m. with a short introduction by naturalists and expert birders who will lead a caravan into the park to view birds in a variety of habitats. All ages and abilities are welcome.  Bring warm clothes, water, good walking shoes, binoculars and a snack.   The activity is free of charge, but park entrance fees will apply. The event will end at noon, but visitors are encouraged to continue their birding adventures throughout the day.



On Saturday, June 7, at 7:00 p.m. join Jason Beason, the Special Monitoring Projects Coordinator for Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory who has worked on a wide variety of projects involving birds in 13 western states. He has been involved with several bird migration research projects at Rocky Mountain National Park including Hermit Thrushes and Western Tanagers, and he helped place geolocators on Ospreys last summer to track their migrations.


Founded in 1988, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory is a Colorado-based nonprofit that conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and stewardship. Their work spreads from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond.


International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each spring across the United States and Canada.  This special event 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 22nd anniversary of IMDB with the theme, “Why Birds Matter: The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature,” sharing the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and to us!