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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Mountsberg on May 11 and 12

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
Monday, May 6, 2013

CAMPBELLVILLE - Join us at the Mountsberg Conservation Area this Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. Since 1993 this event has taken place around the world on the second weekend in May.

International Migratory Bird Day’s focus is the incredible journeys of migratory birds between their breeding grounds in North America and their wintering grounds in Mexico, Central, and South America. The theme for this year’s celebration is bird life cycles, looking at all aspects of a migratory birds’ life, from migration to breeding to nesting and to raising young.

At Mountsberg, guided bird watching sessions will take place throughout each day at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. And if you are up to it there will be the challenging ‘Bird Migration Game’.

Whether you are just a beginning bird watcher or a seasoned ‘twitcher’ (dedicated bird watcher), a hike along the trails and through the varied habitats at Mountsberg, is sure to have you sighting many of the feathered migrants that move through this area every spring.

You can also visit our resident birds of prey in the Raptor Centre or by taking a stroll along the Wildlife Walkway. The Mountsberg reservoir is also a refuge for many species of waterfowl such as ducks, geese, swans, and cormorants and wading birds such as herons and bitterns.

Regular park admission fees apply and the festivities are free for children age four years and under. Conservation Halton annual members only need to show their pass for admission. For more information on all Conservation Halton recreational activities and special events visit www.conservationhalton.ca/events.

About Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville, ON, between Highway 6 South and the Guelph Line. It is home to the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, which is home to 15 different species of native birds of prey. Many of the Raptor Centre’s resident birds of prey have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild.

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Media Contact:
Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233
E-mail: nmiller@hrca.on.ca
Website: www.conservationhalton.ca