This Saturday, May 12, marks the 20th celebration of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). This event was established by Environment for the Americas (EFTA) to inform and educate the public about the need for migratory bird conservation and is observed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
This Sunday, May 13, is Mother's Day. Anna Jarvis was the first to rally support for such a holiday in 1908. President Woodrow Wilson established the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day in 1914. This day is set aside to honor all mothers for their love and support. Dickerson Park Zoo will also celebrate Mother's Day this Sunday with free admission for mothers!
For this week's Tuesday Trivia, we have combined the best of both holidays! This week's topic is the European white stork.
European white storks are migratory birds that have long been identified with expectant mothers. This legend is thought to originate in northern Germany as storks arrive on their breeding grounds approximately nine months after midsummer. In many European countries, storks are encouraged to build their nests on homes in the hope of bringing fertility and prosperity to the home's inhabitants.
True or False: A European white stork will use the same nest throughout its lifetime to incubate its eggs.
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Check our FOZblog on Wednesday for the correct answer and for more information about the European white stork.