Upper Newport Bay Naturalists, a group of volunteers who work toward preserving the bay, will lead children and parents through a nature discovery program today and Saturday.
The Upper Newport Bay Regional Park's "Family Nature Discovery Program" is a hands-on introduction to the bay's environmentally sensitive ecosystem--where more than half of the state's breeding pairs of the endangered light-footed clapper rail make their home.
The reserve is used extensively by migrating shorebirds and waterfowl.
Children will learn how bird feathers are damaged by oil and other fuels. Among other activities, children will also learn how to make a pine cone feeder for birds.
"Marsh Life" is the theme for this week, and "Birds at the Bay" will be the focus for the next week, July 24 and July 27.