Wings Over the Rockies

February 16, 2011 by  
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The 2011 theme for Wings Over the Rockies is “Celebrating Our Valley, Celebrating the People. As the 15th anniversary the event, it will be honoring nature and the people who created and continue to support the festival. The festival schedule includes about 70 educational events, such as field trips, presentation, river paddles and an art exhibit. This is a thrilling an educational event for anyone interested in birds and the natural heritage of Columbia Valley Wetlands.

Date: 2 to 8 May 2011
Venue: Pynelogs Cultural Centre
City: Invermere
State: British Columbia
Country: Canada

Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival 2011

February 1, 2011 by  
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Taking place on the north coast of California, this annual spring migration festival boasts a number of bird-rich habitats for bird watchers to explore. Amongst the activities offered during the festival are field trips, workshops, lectures and boat excursions. The opening reception for the event at Arcata Coummunity Center will feature an arts exhibition, vendor booths, food and drinks.Keynote speaker for the event will be Scott Weidensaul.

Date: 14 to 20 April 2011
Venue: Arcata Community Center
Town: Arcata
State: California
Country: United States of America

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

September 14, 2010 by  
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Hawk Mountain Sanctuary has been in operation for more than 75 years and is actively involved in raptor conservation, public education and scientific research. This important refuge for birds of prey features an impressive number of falcons, eagles and hawks, lookout points, 8 miles of trails, an informative Visitor Center, a native plant garden and a bookstore. Visitors to the sanctuary can explore the trails by themselves or attend special weekend programs to learn more about raptors.

Situated in east-central Pennsylvania, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary covers an area of 2 600 acres. Add to this the 13 000 acres of public and private lands and the birds of prey are provided with a vast protected tract of contiguous forest. The varied topography of Hawk Mountain offers flora and fauna a variety of habitats. The main tree species growing there include Red Maple, hickory, birches, five oak species and Black Gum. Older sections of forest are the perfect haven for Pileated Woodpeckers and Winter Wrens.

Keen birders will certainly find Hawk Mountain Sanctuary a fantastic destination. Some 265 bird species have been documented in the area since 1934, with over 65 species regularly nesting there. The area serves as an important stopover habitat for some 100 migratory bird species, of which 16 are raptor species. Amongst the migrant birds nesting at Hawk Mountain are Wood Thrushes, Ovenbirds and Scarlet Tanagers. Broad-winged, Sharp-shinned, Red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks have been seen nesting in the sanctuary, as have Great Horned, Eastern Screech, Northern Saw-Whet and Barred owls.

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary does much to contribute towards raptor conservation. By means of their Conservation Science Program they seek to gain further insight into raptor migration, raptor population statuses, and how raptors live in the ecosystems where they reside. The Acopian Center for Conservation Learning was opened at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in 2002 and serves as a biological field station, as well as a training facility. Scientists, conservationists and the sanctuary’s personnel can work together here, making use of the GIS map lab, the world’s largest library of raptor literature, the archival storage room, a teaching lab, conference area and office spaces. Members of the public may only access the center on special occasions or by appointment.

Those who decide to visit Hawk Mountain Sanctuary are advised to start off at the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center has a number of interesting exhibits, including stunning carved replicas of Hawk Mountain’s most regular raptor visitors. As you browse through the displays you will learn about raptors, conservation and migration. The best time to visit is between the months of September and November, as this is when the greatest numbers of falcons, hawks and eagles are passing through. The trails at Hawk Mountain are open throughout the year (with a few exceptions), and from dawn until dusk. There is a trail admission charge for non-members, and this fee goes towards the maintenance of the sanctuary and its conservation programs.

Stanford Glendower Bird Fair 2009

September 11, 2009 by  
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The sixth annual Stanford Glendower Bird Fair will kick off with whiskey tasting from the sponsors, at Oak Grove Farm on the 1st of October 2009. Extraordinary prizes have been allocated for the photographic competition, with guided walks, boat trips, picnics and workshops being organized for the fair. Some of the guest speakers to look forward to include Odette Cutis, Dr. Anton Odendaal, Dave de Beer, Doug Newman and Naas Terblanche. Bonfires and cabaret entertainment have also been added to the line-up, ensuring that the Stanford Glendower Bird Fair is unforgettable.

For more information in regard to the fair and the scheduled activities, kindly log onto the follow site: www.stanfordbirding.co.za.

Date: 1 – 4 October 2009
Venue: Various
City: Overberg
Country: South Africa

Grand Bird Show 2009

July 15, 2009 by  
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The Budgerigar Society of Pakistan has been working tirelessly to promote budgies and educate the public in regard to birds. The Grand Bird Show 2009 is yet another initiative to reach out to the community. As World Animal Day is being celebrated on 4 October 2009, the society is using the opportunity to showcase some of the prized budgies in the country and to assist bird owners by offering pet inspections free of charge.

This annual competition for both cockatiels and budgerigars is a popular event with the top breeders and owners of Pakistan and everyone is welcome to attend this colorful event. More information in regard to the Budgerigar Society of Pakistan and its events is available on the website at www.GrandBirdShow.com.

Date: 4 October 2009
Venue: Avari Hotel
City: Lahore
Country: Pakistan

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