Monday, April 16, 2012

As you know we are a Certified Audubon Cooperative Bird Sanctuary, as part of that program we participate in an annual bird watching day. It used to be called the “Bird Watch Open” and it was done on the same day each year across the United States. This year the name was changed to the “Bird Blitz” and the nice thing that changed is you are given a range of dates to host your event and pick what might be a better suited date for your area when birds might be migrating through or might finally get to your area. This year we will be doing it on Saturday May 5th.

We are very lucky to have a local bird enthusiast who is also a recently retired employee, Ben Taylor. Each year Ben works hard to find people to come out and participate with him. Here in the Des Moines area we are very lucky to have 4 individuals who care and take the time to come out and participate with Ben. They are Pam and Reid Allen, Sharon and Dick Stillwell. They spend hours looking for birds, and also they help educate others such as myself in identifying birds and habitat. I have gone with them in the past and I have learned a great deal from them and it is just more than watching birds. So if this in an interest to you or you would like to participate with us on this event, please send me an email and we will be happy to have you join us.