International Migratory Bird Day to be observed on Sint Maarten with Mystery Bird Tour for Public

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Photo: Black-necked Stilt photographed by Binkie van Es

In observation of International Migratory Bird Day 2015, Nature foundation with the help of Fruits de Mers proudly presents a Mystery Bird tour on Saturday May 16. This year’s theme is habitat Restoration: Restore habitat – Restore Birds.

The tour under the leadership of Binkie van Es starts at the USM University with a presentation about bird migration and the importance for Sint Maarten and our local habitat for that migration. After the Presentation guests will be loaded on a school bus and taken to an undisclosed location as part of the mystery tour in order to engage in bird watching and more explanation about habitats. Participants will then again board the bus for another mystery location for a presentation about how we can personally help to restore habitats and more bird watching. Lastly there will be a surprise presented by Mark Yokohama and his team from Fruits de Mers.

There are fifty places available on the bus but extra participants will be able to follow in their own vehicle. The event is free, but donations to these volunteer organizations are always welcome.

International Migratory Bird Day is observed worldwide during the month of February and St. Maarten’s activities are financed by Birds Caribbean, an organization dedicated to the preservation and study of all birds who call the Caribbean home, and the Windward island bank.

Photo: Black-necked Stilt photographed by Binkie van Es