Celebrate the return of migratory birds this spring in northwest Louisiana at “Bird Day,” a free, public event featuring games, family activities, breakfast with the birds, and special bird walks.
The event will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters Unit.
The unit — which offers a Visitor Center, Exhibit Hall, Nature Store, Environmental Education space, lake and walking trails — is located at 150 Eagle Bend Point in Bossier City. The Headquarters Unit is accessed via the refuge entrance off the new Teague Parkway extension in south Bossier.
Guided Bird Walks will be held at 8 and 10:30 a.m., departing from the Visitor Center. “Breakfast with the Birds” starts at 9:15 a.m. with a program in the Environmental Education Center. Participants are invited to eat breakfast and to learn about attracting birds to their yards. Breakfast food will be provided by BHP Billiton, which is also supporting Bird Day by giving away birdhouses, sighting guides and door prizes, and making carts available for refuge trail tours.
Refuge officials will also be providing a “passport” for kids so that they can earn a prize by getting their passport stamped when they attend different activities and stop in to see booths and read displays.
Representatives of the Friends of the Red River NWR, the volunteer organization that supports Refuge activities, will be available to answer questions and assist with activities. They will open the Visitor Center Nature Store and Information Desk and will check out Free loaner binoculars sized for children and adults. Children accompanied by an adult are welcome. Clothing, socks and shoes appropriate for walking in the woods are recommended.
For further information, contact Terri Jacobson, Refuge Ranger, at 318-742-1219 or Lynn Stewart, president of the Friends of Red River NWR, at 318-868-1067.
The Red River National Wildlife Refuge is one of some 560 refuges operated across the nation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Outdoor spaces are open to the public from daylight until dusk seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and on selected hours on Saturdays and Sundays as volunteers are available and events are scheduled. Check the Facebook pages of refuge and the Friends group or the website at www.friendsofredriver.org for updates on refuge activities.