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U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Geological Survey
National Wetlands Research Center
700 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Contact: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Phone: 337-266-8655
Fax: 337-266-8541
For Release: February 10, 2000



USGS National Wetlands Research Center Celebrates Fifth Acadiana Migratory Bird Day

They're baaaack!

The millions of birds that migrate through Acadiana in early spring are already arriving. And for the fifth year, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center will celebrate Acadiana Migratory Bird Day. This year's activities include a "Catch the Migration Sensation" poster contest for school children and an evening presentation about birds and forest habitats for the community.

The celebration will begin April 12 at 2 p.m. with award ceremonies honoring poster contest winners from Lafayette Parish public and parochial schools. Prizes will be awarded for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Prizes in each category include a $100 savings bond for first place; $50 savings bond, second place; and a subscription to the National Wildlife Federation's "Ranger Rick" or "Your Big Backyard" magazines for third place. Winners will also receive International Migratory Bird Day Posters.

The savings bonds are being donated by Pixus Digital Printing of Lafayette, and the NWF subscriptions are being given by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation, Baton Rouge. For more information about the poster contest, contact Debbie Norling at 337-266-8654. Entry deadline is March 24, 2000.

On Wednesday evening, April 12, at 7 p.m., Dr. Dan Twedt, wildlife biologist with the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center's Mississippi Valley Field Station in Vicksburg, will speak on "Reestablished Forests . . . Reappearing Songbirds." Dr. Twedt will share his pioneering research about the impacts of bottomland hardwood reforestation on migratory songbirds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley from southern Illinois to southern Louisiana.

Both the awards ceremony and Twedt's talk will take place at the Center's headquarters, 700 Cajundome Blvd., Lafayette. No reservations are needed, but seating is limited to the first 80 participants. Bird posters, fact sheets from the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center, and door prizes, including an original bird carving by Dr.Clint Jeske, will be given to attendees.

Acadiana Migratory Bird Day is a local celebration held in conjunction with International Bird Day, sponsored by several private groups and federal agencies including the USGS. For more information on Acadiana Migratory Bird Day, contact Debbie Norling at 337-266-8654.

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