Saturday, May 12th, is International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and our friends at Disney’s Animal Kingdom have once again invited us to join in their celebrations. Joe and I will be on location in Rafiki’s Planet Watch at Conservation Station in Animal Kingdom Park.

On so many levels, the moral and financial support and encouragement we have received from Disney – every year since the reintroduction project’s inception – has not only been invaluable to OM, it has helped make the project the success it is.

With OM and Disney we have, as Joe once said, “…a classic example of cross-species synergy; a little mouse helping out an endangered bird.”

If you live nearby Orlando, or will be visiting the area that weekend, please stop by Operation Migration’s display booth – we’d love to see you. This year, guests who visit Rafiki’s Planet Watch will see a brand new and very exciting exhibit. I’m not going to tell you what it is – at least not just yet…. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for Craniacs who plan to attend.

While Joe and I are at Animal Kingdom we will also be giving a presentation about the Whooping crane reintroduction project to interested Disney cast members at a ‘Brown Bag Lunch’. So many Disney folk volunteer their time, expertise – and often their muscle and sweat – to assist with a diversity of tasks that we just couldn’t manage to accomplish without their help. We’re looking forward to seeing many of these terrific volunteers at our presentation so we can thank them in person.

OM’s presence for IMBD takes considerable planning and arranging. For this we are especially grateful to Disney Zoological Manager, Scott Tidmus. Every year without fail, Scott goes out of his way to ensure our stay there is the magical experience Disney is famous for.

Come share the magic with us and all the folks at Disney for International Migratory Bird Day on May 12th. We’ll be looking for YOU!

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