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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: May 3, 2001

USGS Invites Community To Celebrate Acadiana Migratory Bird Day

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Wetlands Research Center will sponsor its sixth annual Acadiana Migratory Bird Day celebrations, May 9-May 10.

The entire community is invited to learn more about birds Thursday, May 10, at the National Wetlands Research Center. Refreshments, including shade-grown coffee, will be served at 6:30 p.m., when participants can also view the winning bird posters and talk with local birders and scientists.

At 7 p.m. Jack Must of Wild Birds Unlimited will speak on "Creating a Bird-Friendly Back Yard for Migratory and Resident Birds." He will present slides and handouts especially useful for naturalists, gardeners, birders or even novice bird watchers. Each family will also receive a 2001 International Migratory Bird Day poster.

Must, a Certified Backyard Birdfeeding Specialist and Louisiana Master Gardener, has a backyard that has been certified as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Following his talk and a question and answer period, participants will be invited to tour the wetlands center. The tour will focus on the center's migratory bird research.

Shade coffee is being promoted internationally in support of Migratory Bird Day because unlike sun-grown coffee plantations, these shade coffee plantations offer tree cover and other plant layers used by birds to feed and nest. Most birds observed in shade coffee plantations do not feed on the coffee fruit. Wilson's Warblers, for example, search for insects in the leaves and branches of the coffee plants and other vegetation, particularly in the shade trees.

button to view more photosAdditionally, on Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. at the center, award ceremonies will honor Lafayette Parish school winners of a poster contest with the theme, "Catch the Migration Sensation." Prizes will be awarded for winners in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

Prizes in each category include a $100 Savings Bond for first place and a $50 Savings Bond for second place, all donated by Pixus Digital Printing. Honorable mention winners will receive nature books, donated by Wild Birds Unlimited. Winners will also receive a 2001 International Migratory Bird Day Poster, courtesy of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.

All 200 participants who entered the contest will receive, courtesy of the Lafayette Ducks Unlimited Chapter, a one-year membership in Greenwings, the Ducks Unlimited youth program. Membership includes receiving the "Puddler" magazine for those under 12 or the "Ducks Unlimited" magazine for older students.

For more information, contact Susan Horton at 337-266-8655.

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