The 11th Olympic BirdFest offers a variety of brilliant events for birders and their families to enjoy. This includes birding tours to lovely locations along the Olympic Peninsula. Visit the Endangered Waterfowl Breeding Sanctuary, or take part in the nature photography workshop. A popular event is the owl prowl. Other events on the schedule are bird drawing classes, a silent auction, a boat trip to Protection Island, and a fascinating presentation by Noah Strycker.
Date: 4-6 April 2014
Location: Sequim, Washington, United States of America
The Audubon’s Nebraska Crane Festival celebrates the arrival of vast numbers of Sandhill Cranes and various waterfowl that have been migrating. Begun in 1971, the festival focuses on education about the environment and wildlife. The 2014 schedule is packed with activities to keep the whole family busy, including birding trips, photography workshops, an historic tour, the Wild Experience Room, a banquet and more. Speakers will include Jen Smith of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (discussing the effects of wind farms on Greater Prairie Chickens), Kent Skagg & Kevin Poague of Audubon Nebraska (with Birding 101), Wayne Mollhoff (talking about the Second Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas Project), Mary Harner of The Crane Trust (looking at sandhill crane behaviour) and others.
Date: 20-23 March 2014
Location: Kearney, Nebraska, United States of America
Birdland Park & Gardens, located in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds, is home to more than 500 birds representing around 140 species, including pelicans, flamingos, penguins, storks, cranes, cassowary and a variety of waterfowl in their water habitats, with over 50 aviaries housing exotic parrots, owls, toucans, touracos, pheasants, hornbills and more. The park is also home to the only King penguins to be found in England, Ireland and Wales and a webcam allows visitors an up-close view of these fascinating birds. Specialized habitats at the park include the Desert House and Toucan House. The Marshmouth Nature Walk covers an area of 2.5 acres with a network of pathways featuring hides and feeding stations, offering visitors an opportunity to enjoy the wildlife in a tranquil haven.
The Discovery Zone features a play and seating area with two display areas, one of which offers examples of all classes of animals, including birds, insects, fish, reptiles, mammals and amphibians, with the other answering the question “What is a bird?” Explanations include the purpose of a bird’s feathers and how they relate to camouflage, displays in courtship, warning signals and habitat conditions. The Snowy Owl is a good example of the multiple uses of feathers with dense feathers and feathered feet offering warmth in their Arctic habitat and their color providing camouflage. The use of beaks, feet, legs and claws are detailed, along with various feeding habits. Nesting habits of birds, their breeding cycles, fledglings and parenting patterns are other fascinating topics covered at Birdland. Birds of prey – vultures, falcons, hawks, eagles, harriers and owls – are among the highlights of a visit to this nature sanctuary, and visitors will discover how they use their keen eyesight, speed in flight and talons to catch their prey with deadly accuracy.
The Desert House is home to birds that live in arid conditions, and visitors can view the birds from a platform at one end of the habitat, while the Toucan House is home to a range of these colorful birds. Events at Birdland include a Summer Talks program; Meet the Keeper; Penguin Feed; Pelican Feed; and Birds of Prey Encounter Days. Facilities include a playground, gift shop and the Penguin Café – everything necessary for a memorable family outing.
This guided walk takes birders to Turtle Bay and Kutras Lake where there are a variety of waders, waterfowl, raptors, gulls and winter resident passerines. Designed for youth from grades 4 to 8 and up, as well as beginners of all ages, the walk starts at the concrete monolith at Turtle Bay at 8:00 am. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information visit www.wintuaudubon.org
Date: 13 October 2012
Venue: Turtle Bay, Wintu
Country: United States