The 20th International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was celebrated last week, on May 12th. Arthur visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, where the day was observed through various activities highlighting many different species of birds.
Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day at Animal Kingdom
Guests entering the park could be “banded” and then visit various “stations” in the park to have data taken, like leg length, “bird height,” and migration distance.
One of the “bird banding” stations
Throughout the park, stands and kiosks were set up to share information about birds and how people can help them. Providing Purple Martin housing, the importance of shade-grown coffee, and saving shorebird habitat were among the topics shared.
Saving Piping Plovers of the Great Lakes
Rafiki’s Planet Watch hosted several activities. A new, permanent exhibit on the Whooping Crane program Operation Migration was unveiled. The exhibit includes a retired ultra-light airplane used to teach Whooping Cranes to migrate. Guests were invited to dress up as a Whooping Crane adult and feed food (rubber caterpillars) to a (model of a) baby Whooping Crane.
Operation Migration and other activities at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
Retired Operation Migration ultra-light plane
Feeding a baby Whooping Crane
Baby Whooping Crane statue
An informal program with an eduction Red-tailed Hawk also took place at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Red-tailed Hawk and handler