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La Grande Birding Fiesta is April 26 at Ernie Miller Nature Center
POSTED: 04/02/2008
A south-of-the-border fiesta to welcome back hummingbirds, orioles, warblers, and other feathered friends after their winter vacation in Latin America is the theme of a special event scheduled in late April at the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Ernie Miller Nature Center in Olathe.

Now in its fifth year, this free event is called the La Grande Birding Fiesta. It is being held in conjunction with Outdoor Kansas Kids Day (OK Kids), a program of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation and will include activities appropriate for school-age children with an adult, beginning bird watchers, and scout groups.

Planned activities include guided hikes through Ernie Miller Park where participants can learn the basics of bird watching. Participants will also be able to visit bird-related information booths and children’s activity stations; see live birds of prey; learn how to attract birds to their yards; and have an opportunity to make a hummingbird feeder to take home. There will also be door prizes and giveaways donated by the sponsors. In the event of rain, booths and stations will be moved indoors.

This program will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway (intersection of Harold/127th and K-7) in Olathe. For more information, contact Park Naturalist Elaine Giessel at the Nature Center at (913) 764-8580 ext. 27.

Outdoor Kansas Kids Day provides an opportunity for children across Kansas to experience various outdoor activities. For many, it will be an introduction to the beauty and enjoyment of the outdoors. For others, it will be a reawakening or reinforcing of their outdoor interests. Statewide sponsors for the event are Bass Pro Shops, State Farm Insurance, Capitol Federal Savings, Duckwall-Alco, and Gildan’s. Additionally, Kansas Wildscape is in partnership with Kansas Wildlife & Parks and the Kansas Recreation and Park Association. Wild Birds Unlimited and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are local sponsors of the event.

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