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Bird Walks Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

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The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is celebrating International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) through a series of bird walks at various "hot-spots" for birding around the area. Led by PWLC staff and birding enthusiasts, these free walks are suitable for both beginning and experienced birders.

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The walks will be held each Wednesday starting Earth Day April 22, through May 27. All bird walks meet at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center parking lot.

Please note that the April 22 Bird Walk begins at 6 pm and departs at 6:10 pm. The May 27 Bird Walk meets at 8:00 pm and departs at 8:10 pm.

All other Wednesday bird walks meet at 6:00 am, and return to the PWLC no later than 8:30 am. Call the Center for the list of bird topics and destinations.

There is no fee or reservation required for the bird walks which are suitable for all levels of birders. Car-pooling is encouraged, as the group will travel to nearby Waterfowl Production Areas, DNR lands and other unique locations. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars and bird guides.

International Migratory Bird Day is officially celebrated on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada. In Latin America and the Caribbean, IMBD is celebrated in the fall, when migratory birds have returned to non-breeding grounds. So no matter where you are in the Western Hemisphere, you might find an IMBD event near you!

The Prairie Wetlands Learning Center is located on State Highway 210 East, south of Fergus Falls, one mile from exit 57 off I-94. For more information, call (218) 998-4486, or visit our website, www.fws.midwest/pwlc.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 150-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 550 national wildlife refuges and 37 wetland management districts. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 63 Fish and Wildlife Management offices and 81 ecological services field stations.

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