Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival 2014

March 20, 2014 by  
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Featuring keynote speaker Laura Erickson, the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Festival has a host of events, field trips and opportunities to view the Lesser Prairie-Chicken which is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. For more information on this event visit lektreks.org

Dates: 23-30 April 2014
City: Woodward
State: Oklahoma
Country: United States

Great Louisiana BirdFest 2014

March 20, 2014 by  
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The 18th annual Great Louisiana BirdFest takes place during the spring migration, offering the opportunity for birders to gather and share in the excitement of spotting many migrant bird species passing through south Louisiana as they travel from South America and Mexico. For more information visit northlakenature.org

Dates: 11-13 April 2014
Venue: North Lake Nature Center
City: Mandeville
State: Louisiana
Country: United States

Galveston FeatherFest 2014

March 20, 2014 by  
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The program for this event includes more than one hundred birding and nature photography workshops, field trips and social events. As one of the nation’s top birding locations, Galveston Island, Texas, hosts the FeatherFest during early spring migration and offers the opportunity to visit birding spots such as High Island and Bolivar Flats, renowned internationally in birding circles. For more information visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com

Dates: 10-13 April 2014
Venue: Galveston Island
State: Texas
Country: United States

The Spectacular Himalayan Monal

March 18, 2014 by  
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As one of the more colorful members of the pheasant family, the Himalayan monal features iridescent plumage in shades of blue, green and red. Its back is purple-black, with a dark brown breast, light brown tail feathers and white throat. Its white rump patch is only visible in flight. The male of the species boasts a metallic green head crest with spoon-shaped feathers, while the female has a shorter, brown colored crest. The Himalayan monal (Lophophorus impejanus) is the national bird of Nepal and is referred to as the Danphe, and it is the official bird of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, where it is referred to as the Monal.

The Himalayan monal uses a number of different call types to communicate with other birds in its flock, and to warn off intruding birds. In addition to using courting calls, males bob their head crests and fan their tail feathers to attract the attention of a mate. Also, during breeding season, males become far more vocal, calling throughout the day instead of only in the early mornings. After mating, the female scrapes a hollow in the ground to lay her three to five eggs in. Only the female incubates the eggs, but the male will remain close by to protect the female and their offspring until they fledge. By the age of six months, young Himalayan monals are independent of their parents and will search for food and find mates to continue the cycle.

Himalayan monals have powerful legs and strong curved beaks to allow them to dig into hard mountain soil in their search for tubers, shoots, seeds, insects and berries. Birders can be on the lookout for these stunning birds when they come across areas of turned over soil on hillsides, as this the telltale evidence of their foraging activities.

As a high-altitude species, Himalayan monals remain between 2,100 and 4,500 meters above sea level, and during the summer months generally move above the tree-line of their mountainous terrain, but in winter will find shelter in the rhododendron, coniferous and mixed forests of Nepal and the other countries in which it is found, which includes Bhutan, northeast India and southern Tibet.

Sun Coast Exotic Bird Fair 2014

March 17, 2014 by  
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Take the entire family to the Sun Coast Exotic Bird Fair on Sunday, March 23, to stock up on equipment and food for your feathered friends and to see and/or buy a range of exotic birds. There will be live entertainment, great food and a grand prize. Please note that if you have any birds to sell, or if you have a bird that you can no longer care for, contact Pedro Avila 813-361 3735. Admission $4 and children 12 years-old and under get FREE admission. For more information visit www.suncoastexoticbirdfair.com

Date: 23 March 2013
Times: 09h00-16h00
Venue: Minnreg Hall
City: Largo
State: Florida
Country: United States