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Acadiana Migratory Bird Day: Birds, Beans and Art

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visitors to the National Wetlands Research Center
Come on in: Students, teachers and parents fill the halls of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center before the awards ceremony.
The USGS National Wetlands Research Center, headquartered in Lafayette, LA, celebrated its sixth annual Acadiana Migratory Bird Day in May with a speaker and art contest. It hosted a community event featuring Jack Must of Wild Birds Unlimited, who spoke on "Creating a Bird-Friendly Back Yard for Migratory and Resident Birds." Must, a certified backyard birdfeeding specialist and a Louisiana Master Gardener, has a backyard certified as a National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Before his talk, refreshments were served including shade-grown coffee, which the International Migratory Bird Day group is promoting. Shade-grown coffee plantations offer tree cover and other plant layers used by birds to feed and nest. Following the talk, NWRC scientists answered questions about birds and bird research and gave tours of the center.

In addition, the Center hosted an awards ceremony for the winners of a poster contest with the theme, "Catch the Migration Sensation." Savings bonds and books donated by local businesses (Pixus Digital Printing and Wild Birds Unlimited) were given to four winners in each category of grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Also, Ducks Unlimited (DU) gave each participant a one-year membership in Greenwings, the DU youth program. Membership includes receiving "Puddler" magazine for those under 12 or "Ducks Unlimited" magazine for older students. Contestants numbered 222 students representing 16 local public and private schools in Lafayette Parish. Parents and teachers of the winners witnessed their students give short presentations on the birds they depicted. Both events received television and newspaper coverage.

below, left: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Bob Stewart watches Alex Knijn, age 6, receive a prize from contractor Susan Horton for his winning entry in the poster contest.
Susan Horton awards a prize as Bob Stewart looks on Clint Jeske holds a blue-winged teal Migratory Bird Day cake
above, center: Clint Jeske, research wildlife biologist, displays a blue-winged teal at the awards ceremony for winners of the poster contest. The blue-winged teal was one of the migratory birds that contest participants could choose to draw and research.
above, right: Guests were treated not only to a speaker on creating a bird-friendly backyard but also to shade-grown coffee (good for bird habitat) and a cake replicating this year's International Migratory Bird Day poster. The cake was baked by Helena Schaefer, a geographer at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.

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