The Greenburgh Nature Center served as the perfect venue for the Bronx River – Sound Shore Audubon Society’s celebration of the Year of the Bird. Over 120 people attended, all enthusiastic to learn more about the wonder and joy of birds.
Attendees rotated through different stations that featured fun hands-on learning activities. Children used tweezers to build nests of moss and grass. A funnel became the beak of a swallow – the right shape to catch insects (popcorn) in midair. A chorus of birdsong arose when it was time to find a “mate.” Paper plates turned into colorful birds-of-paradise. A child discovered she has the wingspan of a red-tailed hawk, her Dad the wingspan of a great blue heron. Birds were spotted hopping, running, eating, and preening on the bird walk.
Midway all gathered for the Birds of Prey feeding. The bald eagles got fish, the owl and hawk less-appetizing dishes. Head naturalist Travis Brady explained that each bird was injured, which prevented it from living in the wild. He also emphasized that without strong bird protection laws, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Endangered Species Act, we would have very few of these birds surviving in the wild.
We are grateful that Supervisor Paul Feiner was there and proclaimed 2018 as the Year of the Bird in the Town of Greenburgh. The Town of Scarsdale had also declared it was the Year of the Bird at their last village board meeting.
Big thanks go to the many Audubon board members who helped, along with other volunteers from our chapter. We greatly appreciate the cooperation we received from Margaret Goldberg, Executive Director of the Greenburgh Nature Center, giving us full usage of the building and grounds, and promoting our event.
This celebration was held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which saved billions of birds, but is now endangered. To learn more about this legislation, visit https://www.audubon.org/news/the-migratory-bird-treaty-act-explained.