Braddock Bay participated in Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge’s annual Spring into Nature Festival on Saturday, April 27.  What a great event!!!  This celebration from 9-4 featured tons of activities for kids including building birdhouses and suet feeders, planting seeds, making dragonflies out of maple seeds (and then covering them with glitter!), painting wooden cutouts of owls and fish, archery, viewing the eagle nest, and bird banding.  And the best part?  It was all free!  No admission, no charge for the activities – just great fun for parents, grandparents and children.

BBBO set up several nets behind the Visitor Center and managed to catch nine birds over the course of the morning hours:  four American Robins, four Song Sparrows, and one Chipping Sparrow.  While the Chippy won some oohs and aahs, the Robins were certainly the highlight.  Dozens of young children were fascinated to see these common birds up close – to see the texture of the feathers, and and shape of the bill.  It was a good reminder that even ordinary birds are extraordinary!

Katie bands an American Robin as three young naturalists look on.  Notice the phrase on the backpack . . . "Let's go outside."  What a great sentiment!

Katie bands an American Robin as three young naturalists look on. Notice the phrase on the green backpack . . . “Let’s go outside.” What a great sentiment!