World Migratory Bird Day 2021
Saturday, May 8, 2021
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) has been celebrated for over 25 years to bring attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration! WMBD takes place each year on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada (Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean celebrate in October). Public awareness and concern are crucial components of migratory bird conservation. Citizens who are enthusiastic about birds, informed about threats, and empowered to become involved in addressing those threats, can make a tremendous contribution to maintaining healthy bird populations.
This year, Houston Audubon and our Young Professionals Advisory Council, along with the City of Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department, will be hosting in-person birding events and virtual presentations for anyone who wants to learn more about the birds of our area!
Bird Walk and Tour at Sylvan Rodriguez Park near Clear Lake
Saturday, May 8 @ 8 AM
Join us for a guided birding walk at Sylvan Rodriguez Park, one of HPARD’s largest habitat restoration sites! Cassidy Kempf, Park Naturalist, will be discussing the transformation of this natural area over the last two years, along with the corresponding changes in bird populations. Members of Houston Audubon’s Young Professionals Advisory Council will lead a birding walk with hopes to see sparrows, hawks, and other unique grassland species! We will be meeting at 8:00 AM near the main parking lot (1201 Clear Lake City Blvd). No registration is required for this event - bring your mask, binoculars if you have them, and be prepared for a good walk! More information on Sylvan Rodriguez Park
Urban Birding and Confluence Mural Walk
Saturday, May 8 @ 8 AM
Join members of Houston Audubon’s Young Professionals Advisory Council on this guided birding walk along the bayou to the new Confluence mural! We’ll be meeting at 8 AM at BakerRipley - Leonel Castillo Community Center and heading towards the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou to check out the new mural by Ink Dwell, brought to Houston by Houston Parks Board, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, and Houston Audubon. We’re hoping to see some fun wading birds, songbirds, and potentially, the UHD Bald Eagles will make an appearance! Learn Learn more about the Confluence mural.
Virtual Presentation: Should I Stay or Should I Go – All About Bird Migration
Saturday, May 8 @ 11 AM
Join Mary Anne Weber, Houston Audubon’s Education Director, to virtually learn all about the wonders of bird migration and to meet some of Houston Audubon’s education birds! This presentation will be on Saturday, May 8 at 11 AM CST via Zoom, also streamed through Facebook! If you would like to log in, please register online.
Virtual Speaker Event with Jane Kim
Thursday, May 13 @ 7 PM
Come hear from Jane Kim, a visual artist, science illustrator, and the founder of Ink Dwell Studio, the artists behind the brand new Confluence mural of migratory birds in downtown Houston. Like the city itself, the wildlife of Houston is dynamic, beautiful, and complex. There isn’t a day in the year that birds aren’t migrating to our region or stopping over to rest and replenish their energy on their way to nesting or wintering grounds. This is what Confluence captures, a representation of arrivals throughout the year of the breathtaking beauty and extreme efficiency of these intercontinental travelers.
This speaker event will be held on Thursday, May 13 at 7 PM CST via Zoom with a live broadcast to the Houston Audubon Facebook page.
Participate from Home
Each of the six Bird-Friendly actions gets you a “sticker” for your passport.
Go outside and check out the birds in your own neighborhood! This guide will help you get started!