Nashville Zoo to hold Avian Awareness Day

Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 4:10pm
Staff reports

Nashville Zoo is celebrating its feathered residents at Avian Awareness Day on Saturday, May 7. The annual event explores the importance of birds throughout the world with activities, keeper talks and shows for the entire family.

Avian Awareness Day highlights the journey of migratory birds as they travel between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Central and South America. Educational stations will be set up throughout the zoo that explore how birds navigate their way through various daily and annual challenges, and both kids and adults can enjoy comparing their “wing spans” to those of various birds. Other activities include egg and feather displays, keeper talks and docent stations at many of the wildlife park’s bird exhibits with representatives from the Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited. 

The zoo’s amphitheater will also host animal shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with an emphasis on avian conservation.

Avian Awareness Day celebrates International Migratory Bird Day (IMDB), an event founded in 1993 by a coalition of bird-minded organizations that recognized the need for a unified focus on the conservation of migratory birds. 

Zoos across the country celebrate IMBD, raising awareness for the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats and non-breeding habitats each year.

Avian Awareness Day is free with zoo admission or membership. For more information, visit

Filed under: Lifestyles
Tagged: Nashville Zoo

2 Comments on this post:

By: GuardianDevil01 on 5/6/11 at 6:38

Will the Nashville Zoo teach children how dirty, disgusting, filthy, lice-ridden birds spread over a dozen potentially fatal diseases to not only people but to dogs, horses, and pigs? Will they show how they blanket the environment from above with their pathogen-laden feces? Will they teach how they are responsible for destroying hundreds of millions of dollars in cultivated crops each year, exacerbating the problems of hunger and famine in addition to driving up the costs of food? Will they show how birds attack airplanes, jeopardizing the lives of thousands of people and costing the aviation industry millions of dollars a year? Will they talk about how birds prevent us from having clean, renewable, domestically generated energy by intentionally flying into windmills? Will they show how birds attack people and animals, primarily small children and the elderly? These are all things we should be "aware" of. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 should be repealed immediately. The only good bird is a dead bird.

By: SeanRoot on 5/6/11 at 10:26

But the Bird is the word!