On May 14 celebrate 50 years of bird banding at Powdermill Nature Reserve
Rector, Pennsylvania…Powdermill Nature Reserve has elected May 14—International Migratory Bird Day—as the date for its public celebration of 50 years of bird banding and related field research at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the environmental research center of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The May 14 public celebration at Powdermill includes a fun-filled day of nature activities led by scientists, researchers, and educators from Powdermill and Carnegie Museum of Natural History. The event is free, with drop-in activities taking place all day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at Powdermill Nature Reserve. The events take place outdoors and indoors, rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Activities are designed for families and for adults. No registration is necessary. The celebration is a project of the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystems at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
For more than 50 years Powdermill Nature Reserve has been the biological field station for Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Here scientists have studied biodiversity and ecosystems with a particular focus on migratory birds since 1956. Free activities May 14 celebrating 50 years of bird banding include:
Powdermill Nature Reserve is located 55 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Rector, Pennsylvania. A full itinerary of events can be found on the Web site, www.carnegiemnh.org/powdermill, by Wednesday, May 11, or by picking up information at the Florence Lockhart Nimick Nature Center at Powdermill on the day of the event.
A vendor will be located at Powdermill with food and beverages available for purchase. Picnic facilities are available around the property for those wishing to pack food items. In addition to the scheduled activities, Powdermill’s hiking trails and the exhibitions located in the Florence Lockhart Nimick Nature Center will be open and visitors are encouraged to explore these areas on their own. For the safety of visitors, staff, museum specimens, and live animals associated with demonstrations, it is requested that visitors leave their pets at home.
Powdermill Nature Reserve has been dedicated to its mission of research, education, and conservation for more than 50 years. It is a place for scientists, for students, and for families who are interested in the natural world. Powdermill is home to the one of the longest continually running bird banding stations in the United States. A wide variety of public education programs serves children and adults. Researchers from around the world conduct diverse long- and short-term scientific studies in herpetology, botany, invertebrate zoology, and ornithology. More information about Powdermill can be found at www.carnegiemnh.org/powdermill.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is ranked among the top five natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 21 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or visiting the Web site, www.carnegiemnh.org.
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