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Release Date: 05/04/11
Contacts: Lesley Collins    

Buffalo Field Office Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day:
BLM Hosts Bird Watching Sessions at Welch Ranch on May 21

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 21 by hosting a bird-watching session at the Welch Ranch Management Area.

The event will take place at Welch Ranch Management Area, located north of Sheridan at the intersection of Highway 338 and the Tongue River. A BLM wildlife biologist will begin the bird-watching session at 7 a.m.

All ages are welcome. Attendees are asked to wear appropriate footwear and bring their own binoculars, sunscreen, snacks and water.

International Migratory Bird Day is an annual conservation and education event to celebrate and support migratory bird conservation. This migratory bird event increases public awareness and involvement in bird conservation. Birds are economically important and a priceless part of America’s natural heritage—and they are critical indicators of environmental health upon which we all depend.

The Welch Ranch Management Area provides 1,750 acres of wetland, forest, and grassland habitat for migrating, nesting, and wintering birds. Year-round nature related activities are offered for visitors.

For additional information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Bill Ostheimer at 307-684-1116.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 05-04-2011