|El Grande Birding Fiesta is April 24 at Ernie Miller Nature Center|
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 second year, this free event is called the El Grande Birding Fiesta and is for ages six and older with a parent. This event is being held in conjunction with Outdoor Kansas Kids Day and will include activities appropriate for school-age children and beginning bird-watchers.
Planned activities include: guided hikes through Ernie Miller Park were participants can learn the basics of bird watching; bird-related information booths; children's activity stations; live birds of prey; an opportunity to make a bird feeder from recycled materials; and a chance to learn fun bird facts from world-renowned bird expert, Professor Thomas Turkey. In the event of rain, booths and stations will be moved indoors.
This program will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 24 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, Olathe. For more information , contact Park Naturalist Chris Pistole at the Nature Center at (913) 764-8580 ext. 23.