A lot of people flocked to Helena Valley last Saturday to understand more about birds.
Rebecca Skeldon, the coordinator, said, “ Everyone should be well aware of all the opportunities to protect and conserve birds. It could even your own backyard or any other place, be ready to help. Being aware of existing and potential threats to birds is one way to conserve them.”
The event started at sunrise, as volunteers and bird watchers took visitors on different birdwatching trips in and around the Helena Park reservoir.
Skeldon said, “ There are plenty of opportunities to watch and observe birds this time because they are either nesting or migrating.”
The event included food, live music shows, crafts and games for kids, and educational booths. The Montana Rehabilitation Center presented several birds including the short-eared owl and a kestrel.
The theme of the event was based on “Say No to Plastic.” Organizers and volunteers encouraged reducing and recycling plastic. Bird lovers claim plastic debris can severely affect a bird’s health.
Rebecca said, “ Ocean plastic’s a big recurring problem. Not all live close to the sea. Some of our house debris can end up polluting the oceans. They can destroy the health of our birds.”
“Even the debris or waste in our landfills somehow can be a real problem to birds.”
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