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Celebrating International Migratory Bird Day

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On Saturday people around the community gathered in Myrick Park to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.

Providing information regarding the different birds that come through the area while migrating, the event aims to help people understand the different migratory processes.

"They'll need to stop before they get to their breeding grounds," Pat Heglund of the US Fish and Wildlife Service explains.

"A number of birds breed here as well but the ones that are passing through need to stop and eat and the river provides food resources for these birds in abundance as long as we have natural habitat available for them, and Myrick Marsh is a great spot for these birds to stop over," Heglund continues.

The event also highlights the features that make La Crosse a popular pit stop for migrating birds.

"Since we're in such a heavily agriculturally developed area they lock into the river habitats, and some county parks and small towns too get a number of migratory birds, but this river spot is a great place for migratory birds to stop and land," Heglund finishes.

While some birds will call La Crosse home for the summer other species will spend a few days fueling up before making the final stretch of their journey.

MORE: US Fish and Wildlife Bird Migration Routes

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