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General Information

Migration Celebration 2018 will begin with kickoff activities at Freeport RiverPlace on Friday, April 13 at 5:30pm featuring an exhibit of our Photo Contest submissions.

Our traditional sage-rubbed roasted pork dinner will be served at 6:15pm, followed by a keynote presentation by Stuart Mackenzie.

The serving line will be open from 6:15pm – 7:15pm. All food is prepared and served by Migration Celebration volunteers. Dinner tickets are now available for purchase. In addition, a limited number of dinner tickets will be available at the door.

Directions & Maps

Freeport RiverPlace
733 Mystery Harbor Lane
Freeport, TX 77541

GPS : 28.9623792, -95.371027

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Keynote Address

Stuart Mackenzie began exploring the natural world in the womb, and has been birding since the age of 2. He is the Migration Program Manager at Bird Studies Canada (BSC) responsible for the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, Long Point Bird Observatory and aspects of the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network. He has a MSc. in biology and decades of experience conducting, coordinating and managing monitoring and research projects on a wide variety of taxa. He is the president of the Ontario Bird Banding Association and Chair of the North American Banding Council.

The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus: latin for movement) is a global collaborative research network that uses a combination of miniaturized radio transmitters and a coordinated automated telemetry receiver network to track the movement and behaviour of small organisms. Its purpose is to facilitate landscape-scale research and education on the ecology and conservation of migratory animals. Motus is a program of Bird Studies Canada in partnership with Acadia University and collaborating researchers and organizations. Tracking devices deployed are light enough to track even the smallest birds, bats, and large insects like dragonflies, and butterflies. The system now comprises more than 500 automated receiving stations operating in 18 countries, and more than 150 research and conservation projects have tracked more than 10,000 animals of more than 110 species (approximately 100 birds, 10 bats, and 2 insects). Importantly all data is open to the public. Some of the largest barriers to effective conservation and management of migratory animals is our ability to determine the importance of various landscapes and how they are used by animals throughout their annual cycle. Subsequently, studies range from stopover and breeding ecology, post-breeding dispersal, migratory routes, turnover and survival rates, and even aspects of animal behaviour. This lecture chronicles the development of Motus, and follows the lives of migratory animals from the coast of James Bay and the Maritimes, through the lower Great Lakes, and into the jungles of Colombia and beyond.

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Sage-Rubbed Roasted Pork
Vegetarian Lasagna
Smoky Borracho Beans
Cranberry-Apple Salad
Cornbread Dressing
Kahlua Chocolate Cake
Iced Tea and Water

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Purchase Tickets by Mail

Please mail your request to:

Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
Dinner Ticket Sales
P.O. Box 505
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566-0505

Please include the following information:

  • Your name and mailing address
  • The number of adult tickets desired ($30 each)
  • The number of child tickets (ages 6-12) desired ($10 each)
  • A check for the total amount, payable to FOBWR with footnote "Kickoff"
  • A stamped self-addressed envelope

If you wish to pay by credit card, please include the credit card number, expiration date, security code on back of card and brand (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover).

Purchase Tickets by Phone

Please call us at 844-84-BIRDS and leave a message including the following information:

  • Your name and mailing address
  • The number of adult tickets desired ($30 each)
  • The number of child tickets (ages 6-12) desired ($10)
  • The telephone number we can use to contact you to obtain payment information. Please specify the best time to call. It may be a day or two before we return your call.

Request Information

If you have further questions about ticket purchases, please send an e-mail message to tickets@migrationcelebration.org or call us at 844-84-BIRDS and leave a detailed message.

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Migration Celebration is a Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex event underwritten by Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges.

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