Event teaches importance of wetland habitats|
The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center kicks off its seventh annual Wetland Wake-Up Day April 12 at the Bay City State Recreation Area.
The event focuses on the awakening of hibernating winter wildlife and the return of wetland migratory species. The family-oriented activities are designed to help people understand the vital link between these animals and their wetland habitat. There are separate workshops on bats, songbirds, butterflies, bluebirds, frogs, turtles, orioles and hummingbirds, and guided wetland hikes are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m., and 4:30 p.m.
Children can make a free kite, decorate it with images of migratory animals and enter the Migratory Wildlife Kite Fly Up on the beach. Master kite-builder Gordon Negan, co-owner of Mackinaw Crossing’s Kite Dreams Shop, will share his kite tales from around the world in the auditorium at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Youngsters also will be able to watch the Wetland Wonders Puppet Theater and make fun art projects in the Kids Kraft Korner.
Admission is free; however, a state park motor vehicle permit is required for entry. Permits are $4 for the day or $20 for an annual permit, which is valid at any state park. For more information, contact the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center at 989-667-0717.