Happy World Migratory Bird Day!

We began our celebration earlier this week at the Rockford City Council meeting with a proclamation from Mayor Thomas McNamara recognizing World Migratory Bird Day. Last night we held our kick off event with a screening of “Moved by Waters”. Thank you to Tammy and Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films. And today we celebrate with a release of Birdsongs, Vol II and a mural migration walk.

The new album Birdsongs, Vol II The Sounds of Bell Bowl Prairie features birds that are climate threatened. It is also meant to bring awareness to endangered habitat like Bell Bowl Prairie. Birds and other wildlife depend on these areas for survival. It is a beautiful album! The compositions center around woodwinds, strings and brass, and blur the lines between ambient, classical and American folk music. All physical CD and merch sales benefit Sinnissippi Audubon and Natural Land Institute. This project is partially supported by the Rockford Area Arts Council and Sinnissippi Audubon Society.

You can preview and listen to the album on YouTube or you can purchase it at bandcamp or through Micky’s website.

Bird species artwork completed by Jackie Kuroda – Yellow Warbler, Sedge Wren, American Robin, Wood Thrush, Tree Swallow, Indigo Bunting, American Goldfinch, Eastern Meadowlark, and Eastern Towhee.

The walk started at 317 Mulberry St. where we installed a four panel piece by Jackie Kuroda a year ago on World Migratory Bird Day. This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Audubon Mural Project, so watch for more walks, a bike tour, and other events related to this project.

It’s a beautiful day and we hope you continue to celebrate birds throughout the weekend and everyday!