Winter Wings Festival 2015

December 18, 2014 by  
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Birders, photographers and families will enjoy four days of field trips, workshops, keynote presentations, mini-sessions, vendors and more at the Winter Wings Festival. One of the hightlights of the festival is the high probability of spotting Bald Eagles, as some 500 eagles winter in the area. Along with eagles, the area sees a large number of migrating waterfowl at this time of year. Keynote speakers at the event will include Jennifer Wu (photography) and Richard Crossley (author of the ‘The Crossley ID Guide’ series). With an extensive program, filled to the brim with great activities, everyone who attends the Winter Wings Festival will go home satisfied.

For more information vist http://winterwingsfest.org/

Date: 12 to 15 February 2015
Location: Klamath Basin/Klamath Falls
State: Oregon
Country: United States

Support the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count

February 5, 2014 by  
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The 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is set to take place from February 14 through to February 17 in multiple locations all over the world. This four day event calls on bird watchers of all ages and levels of experience to count the birds they see in one location over a fifteen-minute period. Participants need only do one fifteen-minute stint, but are welcome to do more than that if they have the time. After tallying the number of individual birds of each species spotted within the fifteen-minute time period, birders enter the data on the GBBC website.

Data gathered from all over the world is valuable to researchers in many ways, particularly when it is compared with data collected in previous years. Information from the GBBC and other projects supported by citizen-scientists help researchers determine the health of various species by monitoring changes in populations; how the weather influences bird populations; changes in the timing of annual migrations; how diseases affect birds in specific regions; and where irruptive species go when they don’t visit the same location as the previous year. It also helps researchers with a comparison of bird diversity within city limits, suburbs, rural areas and reserves.

Through projects like the GBBC, modern technology offers birders the opportunity to be part of a worldwide community, while at the same time gathering information that no team of scientist would ordinarily be able to do. Thousands of people in more than one hundred countries will be participating in the event, which is supported by the National Audubon Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. It’s also the perfect opportunity for children to learn about the importance of birds within their environment, and how birds are an indicator of the general health of the ecology. So, why not do your bit and register for the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count.

Wings Over Willcox 2014

November 13, 2013 by  
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This popular annual event offers birders the opportunity to see more than 25,000 wintering Sandhill Cranes, along with hawks, eagles, falcons, and more than twenty species of sparrows. The program includes bird tours with expert guides, seminars and a nature expo with plenty of vendors and live animals. There will also be tours and seminars on Sierra Vista’s history, geology, natural history and more. For more information visit www.wingsoverwillcox.com/

Date: 15-19 January 2014
Venue: Sierra Vista
State: Arizona
Country: United States

New York Birders Conference 2013

October 14, 2013 by  
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The 66th annual New York Birders Conference offers birders the opportunity to view the fall coastal migration when it is at its peak, the ideal time to spot rare birds. Keynote speaker for the event is James Currie, a renowned birder who has contributed to a number of publications. Other speakers and presenters are Mark E. Hauber Ph.D., John Turner, Sean Mahar, Susan Elbin, and more. Field trips will have birders exploring Jones Beach State Park, Kissena Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Francis Purcell Preserve and other lovely birding spots. Book your spot today. For more information visit nybirdersconference.wordpress.com

Date: 1-3 November 2013
Venue: Mariott Hotel
City: Uniondale
State: New York
Country: United States

Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

September 19, 2013 by  
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Birders of all levels of experience are encouraged to join in the fifth annual edition of this event, the primary goal of which is to provide participants with a unique bird-watching venue, where birders and farmers can meet and the value of birds in this habitat is highlighted. Be prepared for a whole lot of fun. For more information visit the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival Website.

Date: 23-27 October 2013
Venue: Jennings, Los Angeles

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