Migratory Bird Day 2013

Cedar City Celebrates International
Migratory Bird Day

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office (CCFO) partnered with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Zion National Park, Southern Utah University, The Grind, Bryce Canyon National Park, Rocky Mountain Power, Cedar Middle School and Home Depot to host the International Migratory Bird Day Festival. Over 300 hundred people attended this annual event, which marks the return of migratory birds to Southern Utah with informational booths, activities and exhibits.

Special this year, organizers prepared an interactive bird banding demonstration illustrating the process of tagging birds for identification. Youth and adults alike gathered around the biologists, catching up-close glimpses of birds as they were identified, measured and banded with a metal ring. One of the biologists demonstrating the bird banding, Keith Day, said “The birds naturally adjust to the bands place on them, similar to how a person adjusts to a ring around their finger. The process doesn’t harm the birds and the information collected is vital to track the bird’s progress.”

Winners of the Migratory Bird Day Poster and Photo Contest were also announced at the Festival. Laila Steed (K to 3rd grade category) and Garrett Fisher (4th to 6th category) won first place in the poster contest and Seth Topham, an amateur photographer won first in the photo contest. “It was difficult to choose between all of the great entries; they were all amazing portrayals of migratory birds!” said Sheri Whitfield, one of the organizers of the event.
The International Migratory Bird Day was a “flying” success with organizers and participants looking forward to the Festival next year!

bird banding demonstration     Winners from the poster contest Laila Steed and Garret Fisher.     Kids working on Home Depot Bird Houses and pinecone feeders