|La Grande Birding Fiesta is April 28 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 fourth year, this free event is called the La 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 (OKKids), a program of the Kansas Wildscape Foundation, and will include activities appropriate for school-age children and beginning bird watchers.
Planned activities include guided hikes through Ernie Miller Park where participants can learn the basics of bird watching. Bushnell Outdoor Products recently donated three pairs of high-powered binoculars to use on the hikes. Participants will also be able to visit bird-related information booths and children's activity stations; see live birds of prey; and have an opportunity to make a bird feeder to take home and to learn how to attract birds to their yards. There will also be door prizes and giveaways. 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 28 at the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas-7 Highway, 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. In 2006, more than 15,000 people across the state participated in OKKids events. Bass Pro Shops and Capital Federal Savings are statewide corporate donors for the event and will help in providing funds for door prizes and giveaways. Wild Birds Unlimited and the Johnson County Master Gardeners are local sponsors of the event.