Spread your wings on Saturday, May 7, at the Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Bird Festival. The event will run from 7 a.m. to noon. Watch and learn as the refuge biologist and trained volunteers use mist-nets to capture songbirds. The birds will be banded and released.  You will be able to watch this process up close and personal and learn about how and why this is done. Guided bird watching walks will take place at 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. on refuge trails. A live raptor program will begin at 10 a.m.

The event is for the whole family and there will be various kids’ activities. Bird identification displays will help adults brush up on their birding skills too.

The event is free and open to the public. The festival will take place rain or shine; activities are subject to change depending on the weather. The festival takes place at the Port Louisa NWR Headquarters, 10728 County Road X61, Wapello, IA, 52653. Please call 319-523-6982 for more information.

Learn more about Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/port_louisa/

Checkout the latest wildlife sightings and activities: https://www.facebook.com/PortLouisaNWR/

Learn about Friends of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge: www.portlouisafriends.org

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