Guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will celebrate one of the wonders of nature — bird migration — Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with activities throughout the park in recognition of International Migratory Bird Day.
International Migratory Bird Day focuses on the nearly 350 species of birds that migrate from breeding areas in North America to winter homes in Central and South America and the Caribbean. These birds face many challenges as they migrate thousands of miles, including loss of habitat along their migration routes, finding food and avoiding predators. International Migratory Bird Day helps educate people about the threat to migratory birds and what we can do to help – including planting native trees and shrubs, keeping cats indoors, and sup porting conservation organizations.
On May 8, young Disney’s Animal Kingdom Guests can choose to be banded and become “honorary birds” for the day, migrating to various banding stations to participate in fun activities throughout the park that pose questions like, “What is your wing span?” and “What is your feather color?”
Guests also will have the opportunity to see an aircraft used in the Operation Migration program to lead rare whooping cranes in their migration from Wisconsin to Florida and talk with program representatives at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund has supported Operation Migration every year since the program’s inception in 2000. Another fun stop at Rafiki’s Planet Watch on International Migratory Bird Day is the activity station hosted by Audubon of Florida.
Every day is really for the birds at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Disney’s Animal Programs Cast Members are active participants in Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ managed breeding programs. Recently, we were very pleased to welcome our very first Tawny Frogmouth chick to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom family. The Tawny Frogmouth, native to Australia, is affected in the wild by loss of habitat and the use of pesticides. Guests can see a variety of birds when they visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including those in walk-through aviaries on both Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and the Maharajah Jungle Trek, and in the park’s fantastic bird show, Flights of Wonder.