Clark County Parks & Recreation will host World Migratory Bird Day on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Sunset Park Lake from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a free and fun way to celebrate bird migration and educate the public about birds. Birding experts will share bird identification information, and partners will offer fun kid-friendly activities and activity books about wildlife.
"This is a great time of year to enjoy our beautiful Sunset Park and appreciate nature right in our backyard," said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose Commission District G includes the park. "We encourage children and families to visit the park to learn about birds and their migration patterns as part of this event."
To kick off the day's activities, Get Outdoors Nevada also is hosting a cleanup at Sunset Park from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Advance registration for the cleanup is required via the Get Outdoors Nevada website: https://getoutdoorsnevada.org/events/. No registration is required for the Migratory Bird Day events. Walk-ups are welcome.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrates birds and promotes the need to protect birds by not feeding or disturbing them. A theme is to help keep wildlife wild. "Many people do not realize that feeding birds can actually cause them to become sick or even permanently deformed," said Crystalaura Jackson, a County Parks & Recreation Department Recreation Specialist. "It's a kindness to all wildlife to let them eat a healthy diet found in nature, and never give them people food."
WMBD is a collaborative effort with Clark County Parks & Recreation, Get Outdoors Nevada, Red Rock Audubon Society, Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, the City of Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, National Park Service, birdandhike.com and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), coordinated by Environment for the Americas, celebrates and brings attention to one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas - bird migration. WMBD is celebrated in Canada, the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at protected areas, refuges, parks, museums, schools, zoos, and more. More than 600 events and programs hosted annually introduce the public to migratory birds and ways to conserve them.