The public is invited to a party at the Chocolay Raptor Center. The birds at the Center are throwing a party on August 16, 2016 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the effective date of the Migratory Bird Treaty, the first law to protect wild birds from slaughter. The party will start at 6:00PM at the Center.
The party will start off with a presentation about the Migratory Bird Treaty, the implementing laws that followed and the current status of the law. The presentation will feature Marquette’s unique connection to the Treaty: George Shiras III, one of Marquette’s most famous residents, wrote the treaty and worked hard to protect the birds he loved. In fact, rumors from a dependable source have it that George himself will be there to talk about his time in Marquette and work on the Treaty. Our resident raptors will be there and listening with rapt(or) attention.
The presentation will be followed by a cake and refreshments and music and dancing. The birds requested a blackbird pie, but we convinced them to go with cake in deference to our human guests. This celebration is one of many nationwide events celebrating the 100th anniversary of this important event for the birds. All are welcome.