Newport, Oregon—From north to south, east to west, cliff to sea, and back, birds crisscross the globe’s surface during seasonal migrations with such reliability that people once marked the passing of time with their arrival and departure.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate these impressive journeys of flight, and the animals that complete them, as a part of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 9.
Guests will have an opportunity to meet turkey vultures, which boast an impressive six foot wingspan, and learn about seabirds’ springtime courtship antics during chats with the Aquarium’s aviculturists, or bird keepers.
Special displays will focus on this year’s International Migratory Bird Day theme, “Restore Habitat-Restore Birds,” and include examples of the Aquarium’s participation in wild bird rehabilitation.
Keen-eyed visitors can win prizes by completing a bird-themed scavenger hunt, while those with kind hearts may choose to add their personal pledge to help birds to the Migratory Bird Day tree.
For a chance to win free Aquarium admission and a behind the scenes tour, professional and amateur wildlife photographers are encouraged to post their photos of native birds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #IMBDOregon by May 9. The winner will be announced on Facebook on May 11.
International Migratory Bird Day activities are free with Aquarium admission and advance registration is not required.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is open every day this spring from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit aquarium.org or call 541-867-FISH for more information or to purchase advance tickets.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR. www.aquarium.org, 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook.com/OregonCoastAquarium, or Twitter.com/OrCoastAquarium for the latest updates.