ALMO • Here are two great places to appreciate the spectacle of bird migration on Saturday, May 9.
That’s International Migratory Bird Day, celebrated throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Castle Rocks State Park will host a citizen science activity for advanced birders. Participants will help conduct a species inventory of the Almo Creek Wetlands from 7 to 11 a.m. “The bird survey will help us interpret the health and value of the wetlands to migratory birds,” a park announcement said. After a baseline study in 2012, the survey is repeated each year during International Migratory Bird Day. To participate, call Wallace Keck, park superintendent, at 208-824-5911 or email Wallace_Keck@partner.nps.gov.
For beginning birders, the park will conduct a short walk to introduce the hobby of watching, feeding and identifying birds. Participants will meet at the Almo Creek Picnic Area of Castle Rocks at 1:30 p.m., and the event lasts until 3 p.m. The trail walk will identify common birds and their calls, songs and field marks, and teach how to use a field guide. If you have binoculars and a favorite field guide, bring them along. Ages 5 and older are welcome.
Both Castle Rocks programs are free, but entrance fees apply. Castle Rocks State Park is 50 miles south of Burley at 748 E. 2800 S., Almo. Information: Juanita Jones, 208-824-5916.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve’s artist-in-residence, Poo Wright-Pulliam, will lead a May 9 hike to view spring birds. Spring migration will be underway, and a variety of birds should be on display including the mountain bluebird, Idaho’s state bird. Participants will meet at the Broken Top Loop Trailhead at 9 a.m., and the hike will be about two miles, concluding at about 11:30 a.m. Reservations: 208-527-1335; walk is limited to 20 people.