Songbird Celebration is Blue Jay Point County Park's annual event celebrating the return of migratory songbirds and in honor of World Migratory Bird Day. This year the celebration is going virtual!
On Saturday, April 24, join us for virtual programming throughout the day. Recommended to register via Zoom for our live programming for the smoothest and most interactive video, though you can always join us live on Facebook too!
Check back here day of the event for an array of bird-related activities, crafts, and more for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home.
Check out the schedule below!
9 a.m. | Celebrate Cavity Nesting Songbirds
Learn how to attract cavity-nesting songbirds to your backyard and how to provide them a safe place for them to nest. Listen to Marti Kane, NC Bluebird Society and Wake Audubon member, teach you how to be successful in your bird box efforts! Watch via Facebook live at facebook.com/bluejaypoint.
10 a.m. | Family Wildlife Series: For the Birds
Many people enjoy watching birds in their yards and parks. Join Blue Jay staff to find out how we can care for our wild birds from bird feeders, good gardening and bird baths to nest boxes. Register for the Zoom webinar or watch via Facebook Live.
11:15 a.m. | Wake County Public Libraries – Storytime Anytime
WCPL Storytime's practice talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing to prepare children for a successful launch to Kindergarten. Enjoy a brand-new virtual episode every Saturday at 8 a.m. This week’s episode, “Birds and Birdwatching”, is presented in partnership with Wake County Parks and Recreation. Watch via Facebook live at facebook.com/bluejaypoint.
Noon | The Birds of Wake County
Join Wake Audubon and come learn about the birds you commonly see around your house. How do you identify these birds by sight and sound? Learn what can we do to assist birds and how birds benefit us. Register for Zoom webinar or watch via Facebook Live.
1:30 p.m. | What’s in My Nest box?
You’ve put bird houses up, but do you know what’s living in them? Learn how to correctly check your nest boxes, keep them maintained and how to use easy bird apps to collect data and be part of Citizen Science! Watch via Facebook live at facebook.com/bluejaypoint.
2:30 p.m. | Mystery Bird Draw-a-Long
Who’s that bird?! Test out your drawing skills and see if you can draw and guess the correct bird from description alone and discover some neat bird facts along the way. Bring a writing utensil and some paper to join us for a birdy draw-a-long. Register for Zoom webinar or watch via Facebook Live.
3:30 p.m. | Birds and their Admirers at Preserves
Come to a show and tell about the unique birds found at two preserves, Robertson Millpond Preserve and Turnipseed Nature Preserve. Get all the details you need to help plan your visit to admire the special birds found there! Register for Zoom webinar or watch via Facebook Live.
4:15 p.m. | Vultures, High Soaring Scavengers
Explore with Yates Mill staff vulture lifestyles and fun facts and hear the tales of two vultures who found new ways of living after being in unfortunate accidents. Learn about new initiatives that are underway to help them and how they might help us in the future. Watch via Facebook live at facebook.com/bluejaypoint.
5 p.m. | Beaks, Tweets, Feathers & Feet
Join the education team from Harris Lake County Park in this short video to learn a few features that make birds different from other animals. Through fun activities and specimen examination, we’ll identify some of our common birds by the sounds they make and discover special adaptations of some of our feathered friends. Watch via Facebook live at facebook.com/bluejaypoint.
6 p.m. | Beginner Birding
What is the difference between birdwatching and birding? Lake Crabtree's "Birding with Vernon" walk leader, Vernon Janke, will talk about the art of birding, and the tools and techniques you need to improve your birding skills. Discover why birding is one of the most popular outdoor activities, why birders shouldn't wear white, and more! Register for Zoom webinar or watch via Facebook Live.
If you want to get out and celebrate, we'll have several self-guided activities such as a StoryWalk®, self- guided bird watching at the Education Center and letterboxing (all within theme!) and more at the park for you to discover. The fun will be available from 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
All in person and webpage activities will be available for the two weeks after Songbird Celebration so that you have time to explore the fantastic world of songbirds!
At Home Content
- Connect the Dots (printable)
- Wake County Public Libraries
- Hummingbirds - Learn more on how to attract these fierce and fast flying creatures to your space and watch the aerial acrobatics begin!
- Rainy Day Birds - Stuck inside on a rainy day and have nothing to do? Well just look to the birds as they are busy as ever on rainy days. How many different birds do you see? Who’s the bossiest bird of the feeder? Which bird is the fluffiest? Get inspired to put up your own bird feeders, do a drawing of a bird, put together a bird puzzle or just sit by the window and watch, you will never be bored on a rainy day again.
- Friends of Hemlock Bluffs - several short videos created by preserve supervisor, Mark Johns, about basic birding
- Ted Ed - The Surprising Secrets of Hummingbird Flight
- Nest Box Information
- All about Bird Houses by NestWatch Audubon
- Mounting Bluebird Nest boxes - from Suzy Spencer, NC Bluebird Society member
- PVC Pipe protector for nest boxes - from Marti Kane, Wake Audubon and NC Bluebird Society member
- Hardware Cloth Guard - from Marti Kane, Wake Audubon and NC Bluebird Society member
- Local Birding Groups