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Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day with CROW

By Staff | May 1, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Dr. Heather Barron, medical and research director at the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, will give a special presentation on May 9 as part of World Migratory Bird Day.

In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 11, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation on Sanibel will host a special presentation about plastic pollution on May 9 at 1 p.m. in the AWC Visitor Education Center.

World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

This year’s theme is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” and will put the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

“We live in the age of plastics, but this convenience comes at a price that has tremendous impact on the health of our environment, wildlife and even ourselves,” CROW Medical and Research Director Dr. Heather Barron, who will be giving the special presentation, said. “Everyone needs to be aware of the pervasiveness of plastics in order to better protect Earth and all her children.”

Titled “Lost at Sea: The Impacts of Plastics on a Growing Seabird Conservation Crisis,” the presentation will focus on how plastic pollution affects seabirds and share recent research, as well as experiences from CROW’s wildlife hospital, that reveals startling information about the growing plastic pollution epidemic. A question and answer session will follow.

PHOTO PROVIDED The World Migratory Bird Day theme in 2019 focuses on plastic pollution.

The presentation will be included with general admission – $12 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under – to the AWC Visitor Education Center, at 3883 Sanibel-Captiva Road.