Welcoming the Migratory Birds [Integrating Bird Festivals in your Interpretive Sites]

From my years of Boy Scouts, the study of birds had an impact on the way we see, hear and feel the forest, the city and my surroundings. Those years will forever change the way I teach, lead and inspire others later.

Celebreting the Zugunruhe 2012 (Migratory Bird festival)

Zugunruhe is a german word that means Zug (move, migration) and Unruhe (anxiety, restlessness) And represent why we welcome during the month of October all those tourist that arrive from the north to the Caribbean. Every year Santa Ana Nature Center join others Caribbean Region organizations in the celebration the Migratory Bird Festival and the Bird Day.  This year theme is Connecting People to Bird Conservation, and that is exactly what we do every week in our Nature Center. As we are located in an Urban Forest in the Northern Karst’s Region we have the opportunity all year to use birds as a tool to inspire public and private school students about conservation of forests and natural areas.  As an interpretive site, is natural to use that thematic celebration to inspire families and students during the month of October, which is when Birds start arriving to the Caribbean.


Why integrating a Bird festival in your interpretive site?

Birds are everywhere and are easily to see and hear.  People love birds; they can be found in different colors, shapes, sizes and sounds. And I’m practically sure that every NAI Region 3’s Site have birds, people that do bird watch and participants that are looking for someone that   are able of organize some program in birds’ education.

Top six interpretive reasons to integrate Birds’ Festivals in your site:

Because are…

1.            Meaningful

2.            Thematics

3.            Appropriate

4.            Fun and Enjoyable

5.            Easy for coordination

6.            Non-expensive


eBird your Interpretive Birds Programs

eBird documents the presence or absence of species, as well as bird abundance through checklist data. A simple and intuitive web-interface engages tens of thousands of participants to submit their observations or view results via interactive queries into the eBird database. eBird encourages users to participate by providing Internet tools that maintain their personal bird records and enable them to visualize data with interactive maps, graphs, and bar charts. All these features are available in English, Spanish, and French.

Ebird is more than a program created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, is an opportunity integrate science and interpretation with birding to students and participants

Why not “eBird” every hike?  Join the flock of eBirders.


More information about activities to celebrate migratory birds at…

Environment for the Americas (EFTA) is a non-profit organization that provides information and materials about birds, bird conservation, and bird education from Canada to South America.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), the signature program of EFTA, is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.


The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) is a nonprofit membership organization working to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats through research, education, conservation action and capacity building



We are the Santa Ana Center, administrate by the Natural History Society of Puerto Rico



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