City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Celebration includes events for International Migratory Bird Day
Mayor Coleen J. Seng today invited the public to a celebration of the 35th anniversary of Earth Day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at Pioneers Park. The City is partnering with other organizations to sponsor the celebration, which will include events in the morning for International Migratory Bird Day and an evening hot air balloon launch (weather permitting). The theme of the event is “Soaring to New Heights! Celebrating our Achievements!”
“Earth Day is observed just one day a year, but there are many steps each of us can take every day to conserve resources and protect our environment,” said Mayor Seng. “Our Earth Day celebration is designed to be fun, but we hope people also learn about the many ways they can take better care of the Earth.”
Parking is available at the park, but organizers are encouraging the public to use two “earth-friendly” alternatives to driving:
International Migratory Bird Day events begin at 8 a.m. with a free guided early morning bird hike. From 9 to 11 a.m is a “Walk and Run for the Birds.” From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., participants can take bus tours of earth-friendly sites in Lincoln, including the Hyde Memorial Observatory Photo Voltaic Installation and “green building” efforts at Prairie Hill Learning Center and the Walt Branch Library.
Earth Day activities begin at noon with an opening ceremony, which will include remarks from Mayor Seng and a raptor release. From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., the celebration will feature hands-on exhibitor booths, children’s activities, recycled art projects, wildlife activities, storytelling and entertainment by Pangia, Pot Scrubbers, Ashanti and Mystic Caravan. The hot air balloon launch is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Food vendors will serve from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The City Parks and Recreation, Health and Public Works and Utilities departments are helping to organize the event. Other partners include the Arbor Day Foundation, the Folsom Children’s Zoo, the Lincoln Children’s Museum, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Open Harvest Natural Foods Grocery and the Wild Bird Habitat Store.
Those wanting more information can call Nancy Furman at the Pioneers Park Nature Center at 441-8709 or see the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov.
The Lincoln Journal Star on Sunday, April 17 will include a special Earth Day insert. The publication will have a pull-out section for the kids and information on the progress our community has made in the 35 years since Earth Day began. The Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality has provided funding for the insert.