Clark County Wetlands Park and community partners are celebrating World Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wetlands Park Nature Center, 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, about 1 mile east of Boulder Highway off Tropicana Avenue.
Family-friendly activities include bird walks, discovery stations, and activities for kids and adults. Locally, World Migratory Bird Day is in its 6th year, and is a collaborative effort with Clark County Parks & Recreation, Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee, Red Rock Audubon Society, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Nevada Department of Wildlife, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S, Fish and Wildlife Service, birdandhike.com, Southern Nevada Conservancy, the Nevada Department of Transportation, City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, National Park Service Lake Mead, The Nature Conservancy, and Get Outdoors Nevada.
"Clark County Wetlands Park provides important habitat for migratory birds," said Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, whose Commission District E includes the park. "We are proud to work with community partners to host this event and to help people learn about birds and what everyone can do to help protect their habitat."
This year's World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) theme is "Protect Birds – Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution," drawing attention to the accumulation of plastic pollution that has become a primary threat to birds across the globe. An estimated 91 percent of plastic is not recycled, but rather discarded as waste, accumulating in landfills and in nature. Plastics and other types of trash pose a hazard to birds who may consume it or incorporate it into nesting materials that endanger hatchlings. Unfortunately, the problem of pollution is often evident when it rains in the Las Vegas Valley and the runoff from storms flows downstream through the Las Vegas Wash, carrying plastic and other debris to Clark County Wetlands Park and into Lake Mead. We encourage you to learn about ways to keep our community clean by visiting the Keep Clark County Clean website pages on our website at: http://tinyurl.com/j9xdxos.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), coordinated by Environment for the Americas, recognizes bird long-distance migration as one of the most important and spectacular events in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. During the fall and winter, some 350 species of birds migrate from breeding ranges in the United States and Canada to wintering grounds in Central and South America, and then make return journeys in the spring.
Clark County Wetlands Park serves as an oasis for migrating birds because the Las Vegas Wash flows through it to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. At 2,900 acres, more than 250 species of birds and 70 species of mammals have been spotted the County's most rustic park, located in the center of the Las Vegas Valley. The 210-acre Nature Preserve near the Clark County Wetlands Park Visitor's Center includes many of the park's 20 miles of hiking trails. The visitor's center is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and hosts a variety of programming activities. To find out more visit the Clark County Wetlands Park pages on Clark County's website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov. The telephone number is (702) 455-7522. Nature Center hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Outdoor hours in the park are dawn to dusk.