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Duluth Bird Festival this weekend

The Duluth Audubon Society, in conjunction with Lake Superior Zoo and the Duluth Convention & Visitors Bureau, will host the first annual Duluth Spring Bird Festival, "Down by the Water." The two-day event, Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, ...

The Duluth Audubon Society, in conjunction with Lake Superior Zoo and the Duluth Convention & Visitors Bureau, will host the first annual Duluth Spring Bird Festival, "Down by the Water." The two-day event, Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, will highlight the region's unique habitat that provides some of the best spring birding opportunities in the nation for warblers, waterfowl and raptors. More than 250 species of birds are observed in the Duluth-Superior area on their northward migration.

"Down by the Water" will focus on field trips along the St. Louis River and Lake Superior on Park Point and the vicinity.

Field-trip leaders will include Laura Erickson, Dave Grosshuesch, Jim Lind, Margie Menzies and Ethan Perry.

Other events included in the two-day festival will be programs focusing on waterfowl and shorebird identification and St. Louis River habitat restoration. In addition, the New York City Dance Troupe will perform an interpretive dance for International Migratory Bird Day, and children can meet and pet "Sassy," Lake Superior Zoo's wood duck. The afternoon programs will be held at the Lake Superior Zoo, beginning at noon.

The Saturday evening activities will include a celebration of birds, in addition to music, art and jokes held at Lafayette Community Club, 3026 Minnesota Ave.

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Preregistration is encouraged -- especially for the field trips. For details, contact Leslie Gibson, 723-3854.

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