Pringle Nature Center and Hoy Audubon of Kenosha and Racine Counties have arranged a celebration of birds on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at Bristol Woods County Park.
The gathering combines International Migratory Bird Day and the center's annual Fall Fun Fest from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public is invited. Admission is free, but some activities have fees.
The bird event is a combined effort of the city and county of Kenosha as well as several area organizations. The city and county are arranging the IMBD as part of their responsibilities as being named a Bird City Wisconsin.
The Fall Fun Fest is one of two events raising money for equipment and supplies for the environmental education program at the center, which is located in Bristol Woods, 9800 160th Ave./Highway MB. The program includes hands-on learning activities for students on school field trips.
Visitors to the family-oriented IMBD/Fall Fun Fest will enjoy several free presentations, including exhibitors, live birds of prey shown by falconer Ed Foster at noon, an owl exhibit that includes exploring owl pellets arranged by the Kenosha Public Museum, a 1 p.m. tagging and releasing of Monarch Butterflies raised during the summer, bird walks at noon and 1 p.m., "seed bombs" composed of seeds and dirt that youngsters can "lob" into their garden for easy planting, bird feeders made of pine cones rolled in lard and seeds, a pond safari to capture water critters from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and children’s nature activities such as bird crafts.
In keeping with this year's IMBD theme, “Restore Habitat, Restore Birds,” there will be a free 2 p.m. bird/prairie walk to highlight both the prairie restoration done on the property and the birds who use it.
Tickets for Fall Fest activities, including hayrides, bird tattoos, pumpkin painting and food, will be available to purchase at the event. By becoming a Friend of Pringle at the event, you will receive five free tickets to use for the activities.
Bird feeders can be purchased and constructed at the fest or taken home.
Music will be presented at 11 a.m. by a band to be determined, and at 1 p.m. by the Grateful Deadliners, offering classic '60s music and other rock 'n roll.
For a schedule of events and more details, visit Pringle Nature Center’s website, www.pringlenc.org, and click on the Events tab.