World Migratory Bird Day LIVE
About The Festival
Youth, Families, and Schools

In 2021, we offer a special day for youth of all ages and their schools. Activities, presentations, and the chance to stump the bird experts are just a few of the opportunities.

Culture and Art

Song and art are a feature this year. We will lift our voices, both from the birds and people across the Western Hemisphere, in celebration of migration.

Join our speakers and mini-workshops to explore how birds sing, fly, and soar. We will also share simple ways to begin birdwatching and to help protect birds as they travel.

Stump the Experts

Do you have a question for the experts? Send in your short video with your question, and we'll bring on an expert to answer it. Minors must also submit the permission form downloadable HERE.

World Migratory Bird Day 2021 invites you to Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird! This year we celebrate the freedom of birds, the beauty of their songs, and the spectacular phenomenon of their migrations. Through our virtual programming and education materials, you can reach your community and engage them in learning about birds and their conservation. We’ll take you to sites where they stop to rest and refuel and to the places where they breed. Join us!

April 23 to May 8 2021
The Program

All times are in Eastern Time

Join our Book Club for an exhilarating exploration of the science and wonder of global bird migration. In the past two decades, our understanding of the navigational and physiological feats that enable birds to cross immense oceans, fly above the highest mountains, or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch has exploded. What we’ve learned of these key migrations—how billions of birds circumnavigate the globe, flying tens of thousands of miles between hemispheres on an annual basis—is nothing short of extraordinary.

About the author: Scott Weidensaul is a Pennsylvania-based naturalist and author. He was a finalist for the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction for his book Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds. 


Register HERE to be in the Zoom Room!


Watching birds: not only fun, but good for you!

Learn why getting your daily dose of Ornitherapy is just what the doctor ordered….

Ornitherapy, or the mindful observation of birds, benefits our mind, body, and soul. We’re pushed and pulled in many directions, no matter our age. This can be tiresome; but if we allow birds and nature to slow us down, we are self-medicating. Research shows that exposure to nature actively reduces stress, depression, and anxiety, while helping build a stronger heart and immune system. Birds are gateways into deeper experiences with nature, magnifying these benefits. Through observation, we can learn not only about birds, but gain insight into our own lives while exploring our connection to the world around us. This fosters stewardship and bolsters conservation.


Within the program, we’ll delve into our connections to birds, how to practice Ornitherapy for optimal benefits, and learn about the latest research in the power of nature for overall wellbeing.

Join us for an evening with John Marzluff and an opportunity to discuss his new book, In Search of Meadowlarks. 

In Search of Meadowlarks takes a personal approach to sustainable agriculture. He travels to farms and ranches, from Nebraska to California to Montana to Costa Rica, to understand the unique challenges and solutions to sustainable food production. 

About the author: John Marzluff studies how humans affect birds through habitat fragmentation and increased urganization, as well as the challenges of conserving birds on islands. Conversely, he is also interested in all the ways that birds affect people - how, for instance, birds influence art or language. 

Join us for a day of learning about birds especially designed for youth, families, and schools. Presentations, Zoom-ba Like a Bird, quizzes, Stump the Experts, and more will bring birds to you!

To receive updates about this opportunity, please provide your information HERE


Welcome to our Youth, Families, and Schools Day. We'll orient you to our activities for the day.

Learn a little bird behavior and put it into action. Get ready to move with our World Migratory Bird Day Caribbean Coordinator, Laura Baboolal.

Stinky is a model cat who never heads outdoors without his leash, and of course, his person. Learn about cats, their impacts on birds, and how you can help.

Learn about a unique gull that lives in Argentina. Read by the author.


This session is recommended for K-3.


Meet a Turkey Vulture up close and personal and learn about its peculiar ability to smell and find carrion.


Recommended for all ages.

Take a little bird walk and learn to identify some birds along the way. We'll give some easy tips to get you started.

Recommended for all ages.

Compete for fun prizes during this bird quiz. We'll post the link to join before the session. You may compete individually, as a family, as a class, or as a school. 

Have some fun with numbers as we explore how far, or how little, birds migrate, how many birds might flock together, how high some go, and more. 

Recommended for all ages, though older participants will have a better understanding of the numbers!

Join Fiona and learn how to observe and draw birds. Come prepared with your art materials. All you need is paper and pencil, colored pencils, watercolor, or crayons.

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