CARLSBAD — Combining education, entertainment and the great variety of San
Diego County wildlife, the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation will host a family-friendly Migratory Bird Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Discovery Center,1580 Cannon Road on the corner of Cannon Road and Faraday Avenue.
The day will include birding hikes, nature walks, bird crafts, live bird shows and a photo exhibition featuring lagoon birds. Exhibits and activities include a mock migration adventure, feather and raptor crafts, homemade birdfeeders, bird videos and a bird-calling demonstration.
Carlsbad is home to three coastal lagoons, all of which are important resting spots on the Pacific Flyway — the “major highway” that birds use while migrating — and each year hundreds of hungry and tired birds stop to take rest and refuge in the shelter of
these waterways. Worldwide migrating birds face many environmental challenges and their numbers have decreased dramatically over the past 20 years.
International Migratory Bird Day was originally created in 1993 by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center as a way of focusing public attention on the need for action to conserve birds and their habitats. IMBD is now the hallmark outreach event for Partners in Flight, a consortium of government agencies, conservation organizations, private businesses, academic institutions, chambers of commerce, and everyday citizens who share a vision of healthy bird populations.