Birds to be celebrated Sunday at Steamboat library, Little Toots Park
May 17, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: This story has been updated from a previous version to correct that there will not be bats at Rob Mies’ Sunday presentation at the library.
The animals that fill the skies will have their due this weekend, with an assortment of activities devoted to the feathery masters of flight.
Families will have a full day Sunday celebrating International Migratory Bird Day as well as taking in a presentation by animal expert Rob Mies.
Bird Day events start with story-time at noon at Bud Werner Memorial Library with special guest Woodsy Owl. The action will shift to Little Toots Park, where kids and their parents can jump into arts and crafts projects or get involved in the bird Olympics, which tests participants on their speed and ability to flap their arms in relation to a real bird's wings.
Sponsors for the day of fun include the library, the U.S. Forest Service, Yampa Valley Birding Club, Yampa Valley Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy's Carpenter Ranch and outdoor organization Yampatika.
"It's a great opportunity for families to come out and learn about the birds that grace this area with their presence and spend some quality time together," Yampatika Program Coordinator Morgan Moss said.
Avian experts will be available to answer questions about the favorite bird species in the area, be they the ruby-throated hummingbird, the sandhill crane or the bobolink. For more serious birders, Yampatika also will offer the first of its weekly seasonal bird walks Thursday at Haymaker Golf Course.
"There's quite a few birders around here, and I think folks love getting out into nature and enjoying our beautiful surroundings," Moss said.
While the first part of the day involves getting a look at animals outside, the indoors will offer plenty of excitement with Rob Mies' return to Steamboat.
Known by locals as "the bat guy" after his previous visits to town, Mies — who has appeared on talk shows including "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" — will bring a variety of animals to two shows at 3 and 6:30 p.m. in Bud Werner's Library Hall.
"Rob is great at bringing people of all ages face to face with these animals and interacting with the kids," said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the library. "There's no question he can't answer."
Although Mies specializes in members of the order Chiroptera, this time he will be bringing along some friends whose places of residence don't include a cave beneath Wayne Manor.
As part of Mies' Biodiversity Live, he will show audiences a two-toed sloth, a barred owl, an Australian bearded dragon and a striped skunk. His multimedia presentation educates about the many environments and natural habitats that make up the animal kingdom and how they relate to humans.
The earlier presentation will be oriented toward a younger crowd and the evening show is for a quieter audience.
"Rob's a real treat to have," Lay said. "He gives such a great talk about nature, and it's great for us to able to tie it in with Bird Day."
To reach Andy Bockelman, call 970-871-4204 or email abockelman@ExploreSteamboat.com
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