Wings and Wildflowers Festival

August 6, 2014 by  
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From Segway tours of secluded ecotourism attractions to a 5K run around Leesburg, Lake County’s 3rd Annual Wings & Wildflowers Festival is offering new events that will appeal to birders and beyond.

The festival, to be held Oct. 3-5 at Venetian Gardens, located at 201 E. Dixie Ave., Leesburg, will spotlight Lake County’s growing reputation as Florida’s premier birding destination and features field trips to birding hotspots and wildflower havens.

New to the festival this year are two guided Segway tours through Emeralda Marsh, a 7,000-acre conversation area considered to be the crown jewel of Lake County birding. It is best known for viewing herons and egrets, and is home to a vast array of species including the King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Limpkin and Barn Owl. The tours are $50 per person and will be held at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4.

Sponsored by Advocare of Eustis, the “Running is for the Birds 5K” is a family-friendly run/walk at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, beginning at Venetian Gardens and winding through the City of Leesburg’s Venetian, Fountain Lake and Magnolia trails. Registration is $15 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Florida Ornithological Society.

Also for the first time, nature enthusiasts are invited to join Patricia Burgos of Lake County Water Authority and Shari Blisset-Clark of the Florida Bat Conservancy for the free “Wildflowers and Bats” field trip from 2- 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3. Staff will discuss the efforts taken to convert a pasture into a lively wildflower meadow and visit the Flat Island bat houses to learn the benefits of inviting bats into home gardens.

To sign up for these and many other Wings & Wildflowers events, visit www.wingsandwildflowers.com. For up-to-date festival information, follow www.facebook.com/WingsandWildflowers or www.twitter.com/wingswildflower.

Leelanau Birding Festival 2014

April 30, 2014 by  
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The 4th annual Leelanau Birding Festival will take place on 28 May to 1 June 2014, celebrating more than 150 species of breeding birds, including two endangered species. The program includes 10 separate field trips led by experienced guides. For more information visit www.mibirdfest.com

Dates: 28 May – 1 June 2014
Venue: Lake Leelanau
State: Michigan
Country: United States

Bluegrass Birding Festival 2014

April 28, 2014 by  
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The inaugural Bluegrass Birding Festival will be hosted by Wild Birds Unlimited of Lexington and Lexington Parks and Recreation. This birding festival and craft fair will showcase the diversity of birds in Central Kentucky (more than 350 documented species) and the picturesque beauty of the region. The program includes bird walks, presentations, a movie, activities for kids and much more. For more information visit www.bluegrassbirdingfestival.com

Dates: 10-11 May 2014
Venue: Jacobson Park
City: Lexington
State: Kentucky

Sun Coast Exotic Bird Fair 2014

April 28, 2014 by  
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Take the entire family to the Sun Coast Exotic Bird Fair on Sunday 1 June 2014 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.

Date: 1 June 2014
Admission: $4 and children 12 years-old and under get FREE admission.
Time: 9am to 4pm
Venue: Minnreg Hall, 6340 – 126th Avene N. Largo, Florida
For more information visit www.suncoastexoticbirdfair.com

Seventh Annual FeatherFest

February 3, 2014 by  
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Elks Club, Middletown, Connecticut, United States of America
Hosted by the Connecticut Parrot Society the Featherfest offers a great day of entertainment and education. Visitors can look forward to a presentation by Horizon Wings raptor rehabilitation center, as well as a discussion by Jamie Whittaker on parrot behaviour and living with a parrot. The FeatherFest also offers bird owners the opportunity to speak to veterinarians about their parrots.Children will be in awe of the parrots performing tricks and on display. There will be a number of stalls offering parrot-related goods.
For more information visit www.connecticutparrotsociety.org

Date: 22 March 2014
Time: 10:00-17:00
Location: Elks Club, Middletown, Connecticut, United States of America

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