It’s the season to head south (the birds, not you!)

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It’s fall migration season, and free, family-friendly migratory bird events and celebrations are planned at the two local wildlife refuges.

The first is the “HUGE Migratory Bird Celebration!!!!,” set for 10 am to 3 pm Saturday, Oct. 1, at Ankeny Hill Nature Center, 130 Ankeny Hill Road SE, Jefferson. Live birds from Chintimini Wildlife Center will be on hand from 10 am to 1 pm

A bluebird presentation will take place at 11 am, and participants can take home a free bluebird box. Other features include a bird obstacle course; migration journeys in which you can help fly birds to La Laja, Mexico; motus tower information and project updates; the Wild Goose Nature Store onsite, with bird books and gifts for purchase; and games, arts and crafts, information, demonstrations and more.

The Ankeny center will also offer bird walks and bird activities from 8 am to 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 2. Bird walks led by the Salem Audubon Society are set for 8, 9 and 10 am Family activities will take place in the Gehlar Hall Outdoor Class room.

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The William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge at 26208 Finley Refuge Road, south of Corvallis, has planned bird walks and a bird education station from 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday, Oct. 5. Come to Woodpecker Loop for the festivities, which include a very “birdy” lunch outing with the Corvallis Audubon Society Education Team, bird walks on the loop trail a chance to ask all your bird questions.

Migration bookmarks will be given out at all events. Visit https://www.ankenyhillnaturecenter.org for more information.

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