Celebrating our feathered friends

    “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds” is the theme for the 16th annual Klamath Falls Migratory Bird Festival and Run for the Birds race being offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Klamath Falls.

    The festival runs in conjunction with International Migratory Bird Day, “an event held all over the world on the second Saturday in May to encourage and educate people about the importance of respecting natural resources, learning about bird migration, the importance of sustaining bird habitat, and how you can create your own bird habitat in your backyard,” said event coordinator Cindy Deas.

    Among the activities at the free festival are educational games and crafts, kayak bird tours, face painting, live bird demonstrations and bird-house building. Kids can participate in a Bird Day Passport activity, where participants go to at least eight of the 17 educational activity booths and obtain a bird stamp. Submitted passports will be eligible for prizes. Offered throughout the day will be entertainment by Pick’n Roses, The Lads of Leisure, Hispanic Dancers, and Bill Palmer.

    Two guided bird walks will be offered along the Lake Ewauna Trail. The first tour will leave from near the Veterans Memorial Park bathroom area at 10:30 a.m. and the second will leave from the same location at noon. A limited number of binoculars will be available for people to use. Guides will be Marshal Moser from Lonesome Duck and Rick Hardy from Klamath Basin Audubon Society.

    “This would be a great experience for a beginning birder, as the guides will be able to help you, and it will give you a great start to begin birding on your own,” Deas said.

    The Linkville Lopers Running and Walking Club will host its annual “Run for the Birds.” Events include a 1-mile kids fun run/walk; 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) trail run/walk; and a 10K (6.2 miles) trail run. People can preregister by contacting Dave Hewitt at dhewitt37@gmail.com or visiting linkvillelopers.org. Packet pick-up and race-day registration starts at 8:15 a.m. Pre-registration is encouraged.


    For more information contact Deas at cindyd4444@gmail.com or call 541-892-0596.

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