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OKC ZOO AND BOB MOORE SUBARU CELEBRATE WORLD MIGRATORY BIRD DAY, MAY 8

Saturday, May 8 is World Migratory Bird Day, and the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden invites you to fly out to the Zoo learn more about North America’s migratory bird species and what you can do to help conserve these winged wonders. "Sing, Fly, Soar — Like a Bird!" is the theme of this year’s World Migratory Bird Day, the only international education program that celebrates the migration of hundreds of bird species between their nesting habitats in North America and wintering grounds in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Presented locally by Bob Moore Subaru, event activities will take place in the Zoo’s Children’s Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include an “I Spy” activity card and game, “Sing, Fly, Soar – Like a Bird,” for kids 11 and under, educational biofacts, a photo booth hosted by Bob Moore Subaru and more. Guests will also have an opportunity to participate in a bird tour on Zoo grounds led by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Senior Biologist, Mark Howery. The tour will start at 10:30 a.m. and is limited to the first 20 people that sign-up at the information station in the Children’s Zoo. Bird fans will also want to tune in for a conservation chat hosted by the Zoo and featuring Mark Howery via Facebook live at 9:45 a.m.

With approximately 10,400 bird species globally and approximately 900 bird species in the United States, birds are ambassadors of the natural world. As an indicator species, birds help signify the health of an ecosystem. They also provide pest control, pollination and seed-dispersal in their habitats. Sadly, North American birds are facing increasing challenges as they make their migratory journeys and their populations have plummeted by 29% or three billion birds, since 1970. Oklahoma’s prairie birds, such as lesser prairie chickens and grasshopper sparrows, have been especially affected by this mass population decline. The main reasons for population decline include habitat loss, building collisions and predation from domesticated cats. Another global threat to birds is the exotic pet trade. Every year, millions of live birds are traded illegally and sold into the live pet trade.

The OKC Zoo is dedicated to bird conservation in Oklahoma and is providing funding from its Round Up for Conservation Fund to the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to support a five-year long bird survey project statewide to produce the Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas II. Bird surveys provide vital information about bird population trends and the last Oklahoma Breeding Bird Atlas was published 20 years ago. The Zoo is also part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Saving Animals from Extinction (SAFE) North American Songbird (NAS) initiative. Zoo guests are able to observe an example of the Zoo’s commitment to the SAFE NAS initiative in-person at the Zoo’s Oklahoma Trails habitat, which features specially-designed glass to prevent bird strikes. Much more than an aesthetic choice, these designs provide a visual for birds to recognize animal habitat glass as a physical barrier.

During World Migratory Bird Day, discover the birds that call the Zoo home by visiting the Dan Moran Aviary, Sam Moore bird habitats, Children’s Zoo plus, Oklahoma Trails and its aviary where you will find Turkey vultures and Sandhill cranes both featured species for World Migratory Bird Day.

 

The fun soars on at the OKC Zoo on Saturday, May 8, with these additional happenings:

ZOOFRIENDS’ OSTRICH EGG BREAKFAST

  • There’s still time to get tickets for Ostrich Egg Breakfast, the fun (and tasty) family favorite event that everyone’s talking about! The Oklahoma Zoological Society (ZOOfriends/OZS) will host the 34th annual Ostrich Egg Breakfast on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Zoo. Enjoy a wild morning full of delicious breakfast foods and togetherness while discovering the world’s wildlife. Ostrich Egg Breakfast guests are expected to arrive between two event sessions, limited to 1,500 people per session, being held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 11:30 a.m. and feast on all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, scrambled hens’ eggs, egg strata and waffles. Due to limited capacity, reservations will be made to ensure social distancing measures are supported by guidelines set forth by the CDC and local government. The cost for ZOOfriends members is $20 for adults and $15 for children; the cost for non-members is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Children under 3 are free. The ticket price includes Zoo admission and breakfast. Guests will be admitted every 15 minutes to ensure social distancing in the park. Attendees will not be permitted into the Zoo prior to their scheduled reservation. Event tickets can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org. Tickets are also available by calling (405) 425-0618 and will be sold at the ZOOfriends membership office located in the Zoo’s entry plaza the morning of the event.

 

OKC ZOO PLANT SALE

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden’s horticulture team is hosting a Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s entry plaza. Find a variety of fresh and beautiful botanicals straight from the Zoo’s own botanical collection including annuals and perennials. This plant sale also coincides with the American Public Gardens Association – Go Public Gardens Days and the Zoo is ready for you to visit and explore our beautiful botanical collections throughout the park. Plants will be available in 4” pots for $4 each. This sale is free to attend without Zoo admission.

 

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase advance tickets at www.okczoo.org/tickets and avoid the entry lines. Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, the OKC Zoo is a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City’s Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner. Regular admission is $12 for adults and $9 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Stay connected with the Zoo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok, and by visiting our blog stories. Zoo fans can support the OKC Zoo by becoming a ZOOfriends member. Starting at $45, memberships can be purchased at ZOOfriends.org and provide access to the OKC Zoo for an entire year plus, additional benefits and discounts. To learn more about Zoo happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit okczoo.org.

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