On Sunday, September 25, 2016, we’ll be holding a series of new, fun-filled events for individuals and families to enjoy throughout the day until 3 p.m. Events will take place at the Watsonville Civic Plaza located at 275 Main Street, Watsonville, top floor. Most events are free and perfect for families with children of all ages. Some events will take place outdoors with shaded patio seating while others will be held inside the comfortable community rooms. Whether you are a birder or not, you’ll want to join us for one or more of these activities. Here’s the itinerary:   Pancake Breakfast 7-11:00 a.m. Fee: $8 Adult (advanced purchase or $10 at the door), $5 children 12 and under All proceeds benefit the Freedom Lions Club Start your day with a scrumptious homemade breakfast of delicious pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee, milk, and orange juice. Breakfast will be prepared and served on the patio with comfortable, shaded seating both outside and indoors. This is a great way to enjoy a tasty, hot breakfast, network with friends, and support the Freedom Lions Club.   Wild Things 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Wild Things Sanctuary rescues and rehabilitates injured wild animals including raptors and other birds. They’ll have several live, rescued raptors on hand and will talk about the animals and the critical work they do. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to get a close-up view of these stunning animals. This is a great event for kids with fantastic photo opportunities.   Junior Duck Stamp Exhibit and Activities 9-3:00 p.m. The Junior Duck Stamp Program will include the traveling exhibit of winning duck stamp designs by young people. Ranger Lora Haller from the Sacramento NWR will be on hand to give a talk called “A Million Birds Can’t Be Wrong,” providing stunning looks at the refuge’s myriad inhabitants. There will also be a duck drawing demonstration for youngsters, and all supplies will be free. Parents and teachers, this is an exciting project to plan with your own youngsters.   Performance Art in Nature Study 9-3:00 p.m. Nanda Currant, author of Bringing Nature to Life: The Use of Performance Art for Environmental Restoration, will be on hand to provide information and ideas to parents, educators, and others about this interesting concept. Her focus will be on making bird migration come alive for young people. She will share examples of past projects with youngsters.   Birder’s Marketplace 9-3:00 p.m. This is the place to find unique items created by skilled local craftspeople as well as essential birding optics, and much more. In addition to vendors, several local non-profits will be on hand with information about their organizations. There will be many educational offerings. Find out, for example, how visually impaired people can become excellent birders.
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