Migratory bird celebration lands in Oregon Dunes March 25-26

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich

It’s been 100 years since the signing of the first international migratory bird treaty, and celebration is in the air. Two novice bird watchers are marking the occasion with a one-of-a-kind road trip along the Pacific Flyway from Southern California to Alaska. The bird-tripping duo is following the path of many migrating birds this spring and will be meeting with Forest Service staff, its partners and the public to learn about recovery efforts for the Western snowy plover Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area.

“We’re so pleased to host the flyway ambassadors and share with them the great work that’s been going into plover recovery,” said Michele Jones, Central Coast District Ranger for the Siuslaw National Forest. “We’ll be showing them how we’re managing plover habitat, sharing the great recreational opportunities we provide while giving plover the space to raise their young, and getting them involved in a beach clean-up effort.”

Four migratory bird treaties are in effect today helping to conserve, protect and manage migratory bird populations and habitats in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Russia. On Oregon beaches, habitat restoration and seasonal beach restrictions during critical nesting periods have aided in the recovery of the snowy plover.

The road-tripping “bird ambassadors” are part of an initiative by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners to highlight the significance of migratory bird treaties and local conservation efforts. The ambassadors have been chronicling their journey through blog posts and under the BirdTrippers handle on Twitter and Facebook. The campaign is designed to connect new and diverse audiences to the mission of migratory bird protection.

The public is encourage to follow the ambassadors’ progress through their social media accounts and via their website at www.birdtrippers.com.