Public invited to UOG’s Migratory Bird Festival this Saturday

Public invited to UOG’s Migratory Bird Festival this Saturday

Public invited to UOG’s Migratory Bird Festival this Saturday


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The College of Natural & Applied Sciences, Cooperative Extension & Outreach, and Sea Grant teams from the University of Guam are teaming up to bring the 2nd Annual Migratory Bird Celebration to the community.

Jeff’s “Plovers” Cove in beautiful Ipan is the venue where bird enthusiasts, nature lovers, farmers, artists, storytellers, and beekeepers will enjoy this interactive and educational STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) event.

The celebration begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday and goes until 1 p.m. Visitors can enjoy breakfast or lunch during that time at Jeff’s Pirates Cove with 10% of food sales to benefit the Marianas Audubon Society.

Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities, including:

  • bird watching and identification walks with Martin Kastner;
  • invasive species and nutrition displays from UOG Cooperative Extension & Outreach;
  • honey sampling with the Guam Beekeepers Association;
  • ko’ko’ bird and brown tree snake encounters; and
  • learning fascinating facts about the migratory birds that visit Guam annually.

The Guam Department of Agriculture will be there with seedlings and Smokey the Bear, and attendees can make their own tea bag with botanicals grown in Agriculture greenhouses.

The GROW team from UOG Sea Grant will be on hand to talk about native trees and the role they play in the restoration of watersheds.

UOG Marine Lab will have examples of what migratory shorebirds eat while vacationing in Guam.

Biologist Christopher Lobban will discuss diatoms and their importance for migratory birds.

Sea turtle biologists from UOG Sea Grant will give the latest updates on the turtles in Guam’s waters; and

Marine Mania from George Washington High School will educate on the dangers of plastics in our oceans and on our beaches.

UOG Press authors will be reading stories under the storytelling tree, and artist Tara Sood will have her easel out demonstrating her technique among an exhibit of other local artists.

The event will also feature music and funny stories by local entertainers Joe and Gene.

Fresh vegetables from the Triton Farm, Farm to Table Corp., the Farmers Cooperative Association of Guam, and Guåhan Sustainable Culture will be for available for purchase.

This and much more will be happening as part of the celebration. Residents of all ages are invited to come down for a morning with the birds and the movers and shakers of Guam’s environmental and agricultural communities.

For more information, contact Olympia Terral at (671) 788-6300.