For release: April 28, 2011

“Go Wild—Go Birding!” at the Cornell lab of Ornithology 
Annual festival celebrates spring migration, offers many activities

A Common Grackle is released after banding at last year's Migration Celebration. Photo by Alex Chang
Ithaca, NY
The fifth annual Migration Celebration is coming up on Saturday, May 14, 10:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M. at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. This family-friendly event encourages everyone to get outside to learn more about birds, nature, and conservation as spring and migrating birds return to the Finger Lakes. Admission is free and the event goes on, rain or shine. The Migration Celebration is held each year as part of International Migratory Bird Day. This year’s theme is “Go Wild—Go Birding!”

Exhibits and activities will focus on the incredible journeys made by migrating birds and highlight scientific work being done at the Cornell Lab. Visitors can go on guided bird walks in Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, take nest-monitoring walks, watch bird-banding demonstrations, and learn how bird “point counts” are done. Other exhibits will provide information about creating bird-friendly backyards using native plants.

Live birds presented by the Cornell Raptor Program always fascinate visitors. Here, Bari Greenfield shows off Pauline, a hybrid falcon. Photo by Alex Chang
The popular Cornell Raptor Program will be back, featuring live eagles, owls, and hawks with experts on hand to explain the habits of these fascinating birds.  Ithaca Area Storytellers will captivate all ages with tales of about birds and nature. Children may be banded like a bird for the day and “migrate” from one exhibit to another, while their progress is monitored at “recapturing” stations. Visitors will also find face-painting, a migration obstacle course, and more.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is located at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road in Ithaca. For more information about the Migration Celebration, visit or call (607) 254-2473 or (800) 843-BIRD.


Event Contact: Anne Rosenberg, (607) 254-2109,

Media Contact: Pat Leonard, (607) 354-2137, 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a membership institution dedicated to interpreting and conserving the earth’s biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Visit the Cornell Lab’s website at

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Rd, Ithaca NY 14850
Call toll-free (800) 843-BIRD (2473)

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