Birding and chuckwagon breakfasts intersect Sunday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota.
The Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association invites birders of all ages and experience levels to participate in the 58th Annual Bird Walk on Sunday, June 3. The walk will start at 6:30 a.m. MDT in the Cottonwood Campground in the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
The casual one-hour stroll will meander along the Little Missouri River in search of as many bird species as possible. Each year, 40-50 species are heard and seen during this popular event.
Following the walk, the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association will host the 51st annual Chuckwagon Breakfast at the Cottonwood Picnic Area, which is adjacent to the campground. Buttermilk pancakes, country sausage, cowboy coffee and juice will be served beginning at about 8:00 a.m.
A free-will donation is suggested to help defray expenses of the meal. Those interested in attending the breakfast should make reservations in order to assist in planning the event.
“You don’t have to be an expert birder to participate in this annual event,” said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. “It is an excellent opportunity for beginning birders to go into the field with birders who have experience. We sincerely appreciate the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association’s success in keeping this tradition alive for the past 58 years.”
As the national park’s non-profit partner, the Theodore Roosevelt Nature and History Association sells books and other interpretive materials in the park’s visitor centers. Proceeds are donated to the park to support interpretation and research.
Participants should bring binoculars, field guides, and keen eyes to help record the day’s sightings, and should be prepared for any kind of weather. To make reservations for the breakfast, call 701-623-4730 ext 3419 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.