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Today the tallgrass prairies of Texas are very rare. Less than 1% of the original 20 million acres of Texas’ beautiful tallgrass prairie remains and losses are still occurring to plowing, improper overgrazing, and development.
Birds of Prey Interactive Program - Free Event!
When: Saturday, Mar. 3, 2012, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where: ELISABET NEY MUSEUM; 304 EAST 44th St., Austin TX
A Red-Tail Hawk perched in a tree on the Elisabet Ney Museum grounds.
(Photo courtesy of Colin Haymes)
Families, Adults and children of all ages are invited to come join their fellow bird lovers to Celebrate Urban Birds with an interactive program on birds of prey on the historic grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum.
• Learn about the day and night differences between Diurnal and Nocturnal birds.
• Discover bird beak shapes and why different birds have different beaks with different uses.
• Hear Texas bird songs and learn to identify the birds that make them.
• See local urban birds and assist the Cornell Ornithology Lab collecting data about the lives of urban birds.
For questions, please contact Colin Haymes at the Elisabet Ney Museum, 512-458-2255.
From Ed Fair, Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization:
Location: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, Austin, TX
Events featuring Citizen Science urban bird counts are happening all over Austin and you are invited!
Come learn all about the amazing birds you see right around you everyday and why we want to celebrate their presence in our city! Activities for the entire family including live bird demonstrations, bird sculpting, expert lectures, paddling on the lake for bird photography, kids bird drawing with art gallery shows, hands-on crafts and activities, bird scavenger hunt and more.
For more information call 512-974-3888 or CLICK HERE for the link to austintexas.gov ‘Celebrate Urban Birds’ event page
Austin Nature & Science Center, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
• 10:15 am and 11:15 am; Beginner Bird Walk & Tour at Nature Center Entrance)
• 10:30 am, 11:30 am; and 12:30pm Live Bird Comparison Demonstration
• 11:00 am-1:00 pm; Live Bird of Prey Demonstration
• 12:00-2:00 pm; Kids Bird Drawing Activity
• Making a Bird Feast
• Great Migration Challenge
• 10 minute Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Count
• Urban Bird Scavenger Hunt Activity- Win Rewards!
• Eat Like a Bird Activity
Camacho Recreation Center, noon to 2:00 pm
Bird viewing and Noon Paddle on Lady Bird Lake, bring your cameras!
Dougherty Arts Center, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Common Backyard Birds presentation by Barry Lyon, international birder
Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center (Barton Springs Pool) TBA
Zilker Botanical Garden, 2:00 pm
“Gardening for Backyard Birds” presentation by Jane Tillman, Habitat Steward
O.Henry Museum, 3:30 pm
“Writing is for the Birds” short workshop with published writer Michael Hoinski
Elisabet Ney Museum, TBA
“Birds of Prey- Red tailed Hawk” activities and presentation
Dougherty Arts Center Gallery Show
Exhibit of Urban Bird Drawings submitted by March 2nd, ages 3 to 12