Trips for Bird Day planned

Events are planned May 9 at three Mid-Columbia wildlife refuges to observe Migratory Bird Day.

At McNary National Wildlife Refuge in Burbank, participants will be guided on a float trip down four miles of the Walla Walla River, on Sanctuary Pond and across White-tail Bay. Bring your own kayak or canoe and be prepared to navigate a swift current.

The new Wildlife Discovery Center, which is still under construction, will be open, and early arrivals also can observe spring migratory birds from the blind overlooking the slough and on the nature trail.

Call 546-8300 to register for the float trip.

At Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, biologist Randy Hill will lead a field trip on and near the refuge for a half to a full day.

Participants should see nesting owls, other birds of prey, curlews, waterfowl, marsh birds and songbirds. Meet at 7 a.m. at the Fish and Wildlife Service office on Main Street in Othello. Bring binoculars, lunch, drinks and sunscreen. Call 509-488-2668 to register.

At the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge, participants should arrive at 9 a.m. to see a demonstration of live raptors, bird banding and take a birding walk. Binoculars are recommended. Call 509-546-8320 for more information.