Bird enthusiasts of tomorrow will find a place to whet their beaks in Weston this weekend.
The annual Wings Over Weston festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the Bee Creek Shelter at Weston Bend State Park. Considered the state’s largest annual birding festival, Wings Over Weston introduces children to the world of birds, including their different characteristics, migration patterns and the importance of habitat conservation.
The event is free, and all ages are welcome to visit the educational stations that will provide different types of information and activities. The festival has more than 30 stations and activities, including building a house or feeder, Bird Olympics, the great migration game, live birds from Operation Wildlife and Raptor Rehab, bird banding with Missouri River Bird Observatory, hummingbirds, face painting and more.
Sponsors for Wings Over Weston include the Burroughs Audubon Society of Greater Kansas City, Midland Empire Audubon Society, National Audubon Society, Missouri Master Naturalists, City of Weston, Platte County Parks and Recreation, Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri State Parks.
Weston Bend State Park is located on 16600 Highway 45 North, Weston. For more information about the event, call the park at 640-5443.
The event is one of many events Missouri State Parks is hosting in celebration of the National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day.