Saturday, May 9, 2009

International Migratory Bird Day today

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is presently marked during the entire month of May, but the second Saturday in May is the traditional date for celebration. A day in the pine woods did not disappoint and several songbirds were spotted including indigo buntings, summer tanagers, blue grosbeaks and others. IMBD is the brainchild of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and was created in the early 1990's. Presently the non-profit organization Environment for the Americas is coordinating IMBD activities and festivals. Conservation themes and poster art work are selected two years prior to IMBD, which focuses attention on the magical journey of birds between their winter and summer homes. 

The 2009 IMBD artist is Andy Eveson of Comox, BC and his Indian name is Nagedzi. He has always upheld the traditions of both the K'omoks and Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations, and his brown bird flock poster with "tessellation" puts him in grand company with past IMBD artists.

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