The Wildlife Conservation Society is bringing back the Bronx Zoo Birdathon from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., May 9 during the peak of the spring migration season.
This year’s Birdathon will feature prizes, keeper chats, conservation experts, family activities and a free-flying bird show.
The second annual bird-watching event is open to birders of all skill levels, including families and novices.
The zoo sits on 265 acres of hardwood forest that is transected by the Bronx River – the only freshwater river in New York City.
The diverse habitats and access to water make the zoo the perfect environment for dozens of migratory and resident bird species including warblers, vireos, thrushes, woodpeckers, ducks, wading birds, and more. Many of these birds travel from as far away as South America and other areas of the tropics.
Participants will receive a checklist of the bird species found in and around the zoo. Zoo staff will guide birders to areas of the zoo where they will most likely observe wild birds.
Interactive areas will allow participants to try out new binoculars; build their own bird feeders and nestboxes; have children dress up as their favorite birds; and talk directly to the Bronx Zoo’s ornithology staff about how they care for birds at the zoo and work to save birds in the wild.
Prizes will be presented to those that are able to observe the most birds on their checklists.
For more information and to register for the birdathon, visit bronxzoo.com.