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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AGFC) -- Not everyone is aware of the diversity of birds around the world, the amazing migrations some take, and the phenomenal range of behaviors, plumages, and songs they exhibit. International Migratory Bird Day 2014 shares the many ways in which birds matter to the earth, to ecosystems, and of course, to us.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrates and brings attention to bird migration, one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas. IMBD began in 1993 and is now hosted at more than 600 sites from Canada to Argentina. Environment for the Americas, with the collaboration of international sponsors and partners, fosters bird conservation education in the Western Hemisphere through International Migratory Bird Day.

When is IMBD? Though IMBD can be celebrated any day, the official day in Canada & the United States is the second Saturday in May. Because birds do not migrate on one single day, we encourage organizations to celebrate when it is best for their schedule and when birds are present. Encouraging year-round awareness and education is the goal.

One place to celebrate is at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock. Activities and Events will be scheduled throughout the day on May 10th from 9am-2:30 pm. See attached flyer for more information.

Two of the 2014 IMBD featured species is the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the Barn Swallow which both migrate to Arkansas each year.

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