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International Migratory Bird Day at wildlife refuge

Are you interested in identifying and learning more about grassland birds? Please join us to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge, near Prairie City. The free event will kick-off with a bird hike led by Neal Smith NWR’s very own biologist and bird expert, Karen Viste-Sparkman. Birders of all experience level and age are welcome to attend and binoculars will be provided for use during the hike. 

Other fun activities for children will be available. There will be bird related arts and crafts and activities throughout the morning. Visitors will be able to view beautiful artwork done by students across the state featured in the Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Art exhibit, which is currently showing in the Visitor Center’s art gallery.

Pre-registration is required for the bird hike. To register, please contact Michelle Garcia at (515) 994-3400 or Michelle_Garcia@fws.gov. Participants who wish to attend the bird hike should meet at the front desk of the Visitor Center at 9 a.m. 

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