16th annual World Migratory Bird Day Festival this Saturday in Helena

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 18:00:18-04

HELENA – This weekend children and adults alike are invited out to the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir for a day of activities, games, hiking, birding and much more.

This year, the 16th annual World Migratory Bird Day Festival aims to educate visitors about plastic pollution with the theme of “Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution.”

In the past, as many as 800 visitors have come out to enjoy the festivities.

The event is a partnership between The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Discovery Foundation, and Birds and Beasleys.

“We have things from cookie decorating to live raptors to hikes throughout the day,” Rebecca Skeldon with the Montana Discovery Foundation, said.

There’s also live music and food available.

The main event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Saturday, May 4 at the Helena Valley Regulating Reservoir. There is also a guided bird hike around the reservoir that begins at 6:30 a.m.