Dr. Heather Barron, medical and research director at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, will give a special presentation as part of World Migratory Bird Day. Photo provided
Dr. Heather Barron, medical and research director at Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, will give a special presentation as part of World Migratory Bird Day. Photo provided

In honor of World Migratory Bird Day on May 11, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation will host a special presentation about plastic pollution at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9 in the AWC Visitor Education Center.

World Migratory Bird Day is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.

The theme for this year’s WMBD is “Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution” and will put the spotlight on the impact of plastic pollution on migratory birds and their habitats.

We live in the age of plastics, but this convenience comes at a price that has tremendous impact on the health of our environment, wildlife, and even ourselves,” says Dr. Heather Barron, CROW’s medical & research director, who will be giving a special presentation on May 9 as part of WMBD. “Everyone needs to be aware of the pervasiveness of plastics in order to better protect Earth and all her children.”

Lost at Sea: The Impacts of Plastics on a Growing Seabird Conservation Crisis,” Dr. Barron’s presentation will focus on how plastic pollution affects seabirds and share recent research, as well as experiences from CROW’s wildlife hospital, that reveals startling information about the growing plastic pollution epidemic. A question and answer session will follow.

The presentation is included with general admission to CROW’s AWC Visitor Education Center ($12 for adults, $7 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under). CROW is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road on Sanibel Island.