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DATE: May 1, 2002

Rouge River Bird Observatory to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on May 18

DEARBORN---The Rouge River Bird Observatory (RRBO) on the campus of the University of Michigan-Dearborn will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with an event called "Celebrating Special Places for Birds" from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The event will include bird walks, bird-banding demonstrations for adults and families, a silent auction, talks from local birding experts, exhibits, door prizes, games and other activities for kids and families.

A bird-banding demonstration for adults, followed by a bird walk, will begin at 7 a.m. at UM-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center. Families can enjoy a bird-banding demonstration, followed by a bird walk, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (The walks and bird-banding demonstrations will be repeated on Sunday, May 19 at the same times.)

Allen Chartier, Michigan's only licensed hummingbird bander and the founder of the web site Michigan HummerNet, will present "All That Glitters: A World Survey of Hummingbird Diversity" at 1 p.m. Chartier will talk about topics like what makes a hummingbird a hummingbird, the hummingbird's range of adaptations and diverse plumages, and the bird's habits, habitats, food plants, and nests.

Bob Pettit, professor of biology at Monroe Community College and secretary of the Hawk Migration Association of North America, will present "Identifying Bird Calls" at 2 p.m.

Silent auction items include art and sculptures, software, videos and binoculars.
The event is sponsored by Partners In Flight, a cooperative effort of government agencies, foundations, conservation groups, industry, and the academic community that focuses on the conservation of migratory birds.

For more information, call Rick Simek, supervisor of the Natural Areas at UM-Dearborn, at (313) 583-6371, or visit the Rouge River Bird Observatory web site at




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