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Migratory Bird Day celebration on tap Saturday, May 10

TOPPENISH – Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) tomorrow (Saturday) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Activities at the refuge will include bird banding, guided bird walks, live raptor program, children’s games and hay rides.

The bird banding demonstration and first bird walk begin at 8 a.m. Visitors are urged to bring binoculars.

The Raptor House Rehabilitation Center will present a program with live hawks and owls at 10 a.m. The refuge headquarters will be open with children’s games and learning materials. This event is co-sponsored by the Yakima Valley Audubon Society and is free to the public.

This event also commemorates the 50th birthday of Toppenish NWR. The refuge was established on April 27, 1964 to provide wintering habitat for ducks (primarily mallards) and geese, protection and habitat for other wildlife species and opportunities to the public for a variety of wildlife-oriented recreational activities.

Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge is located at 21 Pumphouse Road – U.S. Highway 97 south of Toppenish.

For more information, call the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 509-546-8300.

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