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Mark your calendars. The Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service and the Defense Department have joined with the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Agency for International Development and private organizations to sponsor an annual event that celebrates a natural wonder.

The second Saturday in May is International Migratory Bird Day, aimed at promoting bird conservation via education and public involvement in wildlife preservation. Migratory bird conservation plans often include methods of preventing the birds from interfering with airport operations'a Pentagon concern.

Learn more at the event's handsome Web site, birds.fws.gov/IMBD. The site features an online store. Users can register for events they plan to stage for the annual celebration, or search a database of IMBD events online.

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