San Diego Bird Festival 2015

December 18, 2014 by  
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The 19th Annual San Diego Bird Festival will feature a great line-up activities, including workshops, field trips to a variety of habitats, pelagic birding, movies, cultural activities, a birding and optics expo, and free family events. The keynote speaker for the festival will be Bernd Heinrich, author of “The Homing Instinct”.

For more information visit http://www.sandiegoaudubon.org/events/bird-festival

Date: 5 to 8 March 2015
Location: Marina Village Conference Center
City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States

2013 San Diego Bird Festival

January 30, 2013 by  
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Taking place from February 28 through to March 3, 2013, the San Diego Bird Festival features director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, John Fitzpatrick and editor of Bird Watcher’s Digest, Bill Thompson, as keynote speakers. Trips include Coastal National Refuges; Coastal National Refuges; Gulls and Coastal Waterbirds; Birding Along the Border and Birding by Bike, among others. For more information on this exciting event visit sandiegoaudubon.org

Dates: 28 February – 2 March 20-13
Venue: Marina Village Conference Center
City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States

Saving the California Condor

May 3, 2011 by  
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Back in 1987, the California condor was considered to be extinct in the wild, with only twenty-seven birds remaining in captivity. Now, thanks to conservation and breeding projects, America’s largest flying bird is making a comeback, and today there are a recorded number of 394 California condors in the US, with 181 of those being out in the wild.

Michael Mace of San Diego Zoo and Safari Park has noted that, all being well, a count of 400 should be reached by the end of the breeding season, a number that has not been recorded since the 1930s. It is also hoped that the wild population of California condor will reach 200 by the end of the year – with some human intervention to counteract a man-made problem. Condor’s feed on marine animal carcasses, but due to the run-off of DDT into the oceans, where it breaks down into a chemical known as DDE (Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) and is absorbed by marine life, the birds land up eating the harmful chemical, resulting in weakened egg shells. To overcome this, conservationists replace the thin-shelled eggs with eggs that have been laid by captive birds, and these eggs are hatched naturally by the wild birds. The weakened eggs are then placed in incubators to hatch under the watchful eye of researchers. Although DDT has been banned in the US, it is still used in neighboring countries, entering rivers that run off into the ocean, creating a problem beyond the control of US authorities.

The natural habitat of the California condor is wooded mountains and scrublands. The birds have been reintroduced into the wilderness areas of California and Arizona. As scavengers that feed on dead carcasses, these huge birds are not fussy about what they eat and will tuck into rodents, rabbits, deer, cattle, sheep or fish. However, when the birds feed on animals that have been killed with buckshot, it results in lead poisoning.

Despite the obstacles, conservationists are confident that their efforts are worthwhile. There are currently four breeding centers involved in the hatching of California condor eggs – the San Diego Zoo, the Safari Park, the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, and the Oregon Zoo in Portland – with a satisfying degree of success.

2011 San Diego Bird Festival/Audubon California Assembly

February 1, 2011 by  
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Taking place concurrently, the 2011 San Diego Bird Festival and the Audubon California Assembly will run from 2 to 6 March 2011. The entire festival will consist of 17 Assembly events, birding trips, workshops, mixers, and the Birding & Optics Expo. The Keynote Speaker for the event will be Peter Harrison.

Date: 3 to 6 March 2011
Venue: Marina Village Conference Center
City: San Diego
State: California
Country: United States of America

The San Diego Bird Festival

January 30, 2008 by  
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The 12th San Diego Bird Festival, sponsored by the San Diego Audubon Society, is set to take place from 6 February through to 11 February 2008. The venue for this popular birding festival is the superb Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay, San Diego, California.

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