HELENA — This week it’s World Migratory Bird DAY (week), and here in Helena, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate and learn about our fine feathered friends.
This week’s theme is “Dim the Lights” – ironically putting a spotlight on a surprise problem that some birds face.
“Many people don’t know that over 80% of migratory birds migrate during the evening hours, during the night hours," said Liz Burke, a conservation educator for Helena Lewis & Clark National Forest. "The things that we can do, simple things like closing blinds or having shields on lights, can really help these migratory birds, especially during spring and fall.”
Events like guided bird walks with Montana WILD, and bird trivia at the Lewis and Clark Tap Room are going on every day this week. And the celebration culminates this Saturday with The Birding Festival at the Helena Regulating Reservoir.
“If you haven’t been out to the Helena regulating reservoir, it really is the jewel of the Helena area," said Burke. "In addition to the management and the entities it provides a great habitat sight and if you haven’t been there, it’s a good opportunity to see how migratory birds use that area and to gain greater awareness for the importance of our Montana habitat.”
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