Learn to “talk” a little more “bird” on Saturday, May 20 at the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Bird Festival. The event runs from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and includes a wide variety of activities.
Watch and learn as the refuge biologist and trained volunteers use mist-nets to capture songbirds. The birds will be banded and released. You will be able to watch this process up close and personal and learn about how and why this is done.
A new member of the Friends, David Griffin, will guide an early morning bird watching walk on refuge trails beginning at 7:30. David is a wildlife biologist and naturalist and lives in Muscatine, where he operates Griffin Biological Services. David was President of the Mesilla Valley Audubon Society in New Mexico, a position that enabled him to educate and expose people to birds, other wildlife, their habitats, and the natural world.

A second bird walk for children and families will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be led by Bobbi Provost, a naturalist with Louisa County Conservation and a bird lover and youth educator. Provost will also give a 10:30 a.m. presentation on how birds “talk” and what they are saying in the classroom space of the refuge headquarters.

The event is free and open to the public. The festival will take place rain or shine; activities are subject to change depending on the weather. The festival takes place at the Port Louisa NWR Headquarters, 10728 County Road X61, Wapello, IA, 52653. Please call (319) 523-6982 for more information.
Learn more about Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/port_louisa/. Check out the latest wildlife sightings and activities at https://www.facebook.com/PortLouisaNWR/. Learn about Friends of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge at https://portlouisafriends.wordpress.com/.

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