Glenwood, NM, June 11, 2019 — In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, the Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest kicked off the celebration by providing an identification class on species of birds that could be found in riparian areas to the public. 

The identification class was provided at the Glenwood Community Center on May 9, 2019. Approximately eighteen people came for the one-hour class. Two days later on May 11, 2019, the public embarked on a bird walk at the Catwalk National Recreation Area. Four of the eighteen people that attended the identification class came to participate. A brief presentation was provided on the theme “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution”. Approximately 23 species of birds were seen or heard along the loop around the Catwalk.  

The highlight of the bird walk was the hummingbird nest that was found along the way! The district is considering doing quarterly guided bird works in the future.

For information on the Gila National Forest, check out our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/gila.