CNAS to host Guam’s first migratory bird celebration this Saturday
Avian enthusiasts are invited to flock down to a first-of-its-kind event as the University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Sciences presents a Celebration of Migratory Birds on Guåhan from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday at Jeff’s Pirates Cove in Ipan.
The event is open to the public and free of charge. Participants can browse displays and enjoy performances and activities aimed at getting residents closer than ever before to some of Guam’s feathered inhabitants.
Activities include bird watching and identification tours, a chance to meet a ko’ko’ bird, a look into Guam’s forests, art activities, native tree displays, special performances, a workshop on bird photography (bring your camera), and opportunities to buy bird-themed items and art.
In addition, special guests and master storytellers, including UOG President Emeritus Robert Underwood, will take the audience back to a time when native bird species were plentiful and flourishing. Local author Terry Perez will read the legend of the ko’ko’ and hilitai from her book “CHamoru Legends: A Gathering of Stories,” published by UOG Press, and Harley Edeluchel will share Palau’s legend of the money bird.
The event will feature raffle prizes, and 10% of all food proceeds during the event will be donated to the Marianas Audubon Society — a group dedicated to the protection of birds and their habitats through the Mariana Islands.
The event’s activities are hosted by the Center for Island Sustainability and the Sea Grant program at the University of Guam, The Marianas Audubon Society, UOG Press, the Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources and the Forestry Division at the Guam Department of Agriculture, Rlene Steffy, the U.S. Geological Survey, The Guam Bus, Sumahi Bevaqua, Luna Schils, and more.
This celebration of migratory birds on island also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the University of Guam and the 50th anniversary of UOG’s designation as a U.S. land-grant institution.
COVID safety protocols will be in place during the event.
For more information, please contact Olympia Terral at (671) 735-2092.