GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On Saturday, Grand Canyon National Park will dedicate the park as a Globally Important Bird Area as part of its seventh annual Celebrate Wildlife Day.
The dedication ceremony for the Globally Important Bird Area designation will take place at Yaki Point at 1:30 pm. Visitors who wish to participate in this ceremony should take the east-bound Kaibab/Rim Route (orange) shuttle bus from Grand Canyon Visitor Center no later than 12:45 p.m. Event attendees can visit with the HawkWatch volunteers immediately following the ceremony.
Globally Important Bird Areas are sites that provide essential habitat for one or more species of birds. Global sites are the highest priority for conservation actions and support species of conservation concern, such as the endangered California condor, threatened Mexican spotted owl, peregrine falcon, and pinyon jay, all found at Grand Canyon.
Celebrate Wildlife Day provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the work of wildlife biologists and about the unique wildlife found in Arizona and the Grand Canyon area. This year's event will kick off on Friday, with a special evening program "Interview a Wildlife Biologist" presented by a panel of wildlife biologists.
Wildlife Day events continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free outdoor programs, family friendly activities, exhibits and live animal demonstrations at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. Join Audubon Arizona Director of Bird Conservation for an armchair tour of where the birds are in Grand Canyon National Park and Marble Canyon at a special evening program "Grand Canyon National Park - A Globally Important Place for Birds." Both evening programs will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages auditorium, and are free of charge.
Celebrate Wildlife Day is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the National Park Service; Grand Canyon Association; Arizona Game and Fish Department, including Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center; the Peregrine Fund; Arizona Audubon, Tucson Audubon Society, Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts; Horace Albright Training Center and the Grand Canyon Unified School District. Celebrate Wildlife Day is dedicated to the memory of park biologist Eric York, who devoted his life to the study of wildlife.