Nashville Zoo is celebrating its feathered residents at Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 7. The annual event explores the importance of birds throughout the world with activities, keeper talks and shows for the entire family.
Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they travel between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Central and South America. Educational stations will be set up throughout the zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to those of various birds. Other activities include egg and feather displays, keeper talks and docent stations at many of the wildlife park’s bird exhibits with representatives from the Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited.
The zoo’s amphitheater will also host animal shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with an emphasis on avian conservation.
Avian Awareness Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMDB), an event founded in 1993 by a coalition of bird-minded organizations that recognized the need for a unified focus on the conservation of migratory birds.
Zoos across the country celebrate IMBD, raising awareness for the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats and non-breeding habitats each year.
Avian Awareness Day is free with zoo admission or membership. For more information, visit www.nashvillezoo.org.