Public invited to “Break for Birds” during spring break
Spring Break at the Museum

Crossroads residents and visitors are invited to “Break for Birds” during this year’s spring break. The Museum of the Coastal Bend will host a series of bird-related activities for the entire family March 12-19.

Museum guests can make bird feeders and learn how birds use different-shaped beaks to gather food. They can also learn about birds from the region in the museum’s special exhibit, “Flights of Fancy: Birds & Birding in South Texas.”

“Spring in Texas is a great time to start birding, because so many species migrate through our neighborhoods,” says Isabel Ray, curator of education at the museum. “Between our bird walks and our exhibit, we’re really excited to share these beautiful birds with visitors. And if birds aren’t your thing, you can try loading a cannon instead!”

Break for Birds activities will include:

  • Bird Walks along the River in Riverside Park
    Saturday, March 12 and Saturday, March 19
    8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
    Participants will take a slow and easy walk along the river to look for some of the hundreds of species of birds that call the park home. Those who want to participate should meet in the parking lot by the baseball fields on McCright Drive. The bird walks are free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them. 
  • Hands-on History
    Tuesday, March 15–Saturday March 19
    10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day
    Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at roping, loading a cannon, or using an atlatl - or spear thrower. Admission to the museum is pay-what-you-want.
  • Bird Walk along the Nature Trail in Riverside Park
    Tuesday, March 15
    8:30-10:30 a.m.
    A variety of woodpecker species have been spotted along the nature trail in Riverside Park. Participants should meet in the parking lot by Riverside Stadium (Memorial Drive & Red River Street). The bird walk is free and open to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring binoculars if they have them.
  • Make Your Own Bird Feeder
    Wednesday, March 16
    10 a.m.-Noon
    Museum guests will have the opportunity to make a bird feeder in a presentation hosted by the Victoria Master Gardeners. Admission is pay-what-you-want.

To learn more about Break for Birds at the museum, contact Isabel Ray at (361) 582-2559 or Isabel.Ray@VictoriaCollege.edu.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want. For more information, including a calendar of events, visit www.MuseumOfTheCoastalBend.org.

Published: Thursday, 03 March 2016
 

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