San Jose Bird Mart 2010

March 24, 2010 by  
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From 9 am to 3 pm, on 18 April 2010, the San Jose Bird Mart will be hosted in the Santa Clara Fairgrounds. It is an event for the entire family to enjoy, and is a wheelchair friendly event. This birding event will offer a host of products for visitors to purchase, such as cages, novelty gifts, nutrition and toys. There will of course also be a number of colorful exotic birds for visitors to marvel at, and is the ideal event to find a new member for the family. The San Jose Bird Mart is free to children under the age of five, with adult tickets being $8 and children between the ages of six to twelve paying $2.

To find out more about the show, or how to become a vendor at the event, visit the San Jose Bird Mart website at http://www.sanjosebirdmart.com/.

Date: 18 April 2010
Venue: Santa Clara Fairgrounds
City: San Jose
Country: United States of America

Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival 2010

January 20, 2010 by  
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The Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival 2010, will take place on the 20th and 21st of February 2010. It offers two days of bird related activities and fun, and special events for children have also been included in the festival line-up, making it a fun experience for the entire family. An exclusive feature for the festival, is the Great Northwest Glass Quest, where festival goers will be able to participate in a treasure hunt for dated and signed snowballs made of glass. Other activities such as workshops, tours and guest speakers will also be available.

To register for the event, or for additional information, visit the official Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival 2010 website at http://www.snowgoosefest.org/Home.html.

Date: 20 – 21 February 2010
Venue: Four Springs Lake Preserve
City: Camano Island
Country: United States of America

Eagle Fest 2009

October 30, 2009 by  
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The 12th Annual Eagle Fest, will be hosted by Soar South, which will see the team thrilling spectators with their presentation, from the 7th to the 22nd of November 2009. The Eagle Fest will kick off at the University of Wisconsin, and traveling to various other venues, such as the Midwest Museum of Natural History, the Crane Festival in Birchwood, Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville and the General Coffee State Park.

For specific times and dates for the various venues, visit the Soar South website at http://soarsouth.blogspot.com/2009/10/upcoming-programs-november-2009.html or email s.o.a.r.south@hotmail.com.

Date: 7 November 2009
Venue: Various
City: Various
Country: United States of America

San Jose Bird Mart 2009

October 7, 2009 by  
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The San Jose Bird Mart will be held at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds on the 22nd of November 2009, and is a colorful and fascinating event. Not only will there be a variety of birds on display, along with bird accessories and bird related items, but visitors to the show will also be able to marvel at reptiles, orchids and much more. The show will start at 9 am and end at 3 pm.

For ticket price information or to find out more about the vendors and show details, visit the official website at http://www.sanjosebirdmart.com/.

Date: 22 November 2009
Venue: Santa Clara Fairgrounds
City: San Jose
Country: United States of America

Introduction to Birdwatching 2009

September 22, 2009 by  
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For bird lover who have never been brave enough to take on the challenge of bird watching, the Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 is the perfect opportunity to start this hobby. This magnificent informative event will not only explore the natural wonders of the park, but teach those participating, how to look for birds, and share tips and educational information.

The Introduction to Birdwatching 2009 will start at 12:00 pm in the afternoon and take an hour and a half to complete. For more information in regard to the park and future events, kindly visit the website at http://www.prospectpark.org/.

Date: 24 October 2009
Venue: Prospect Park
City: New York
Country: United States of America

Massachusetts Cage Bird Show 2009

September 4, 2009 by  
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The Massachusetts Cage Bird Show 2009 will show case the most colorful variety of birds on the 17th of November 2009, at the Weymouth Lodge of Elks. Guests to the show will be able to see wonderful birds such as Softbills, Finches, Borders, Glosters and many more. Some of the top breeders will have their feathered friends on display and is a bird show that should not be missed.

For more information in regard to the show, email Thom Keegan at thomkeegan@aol.com.

Date: 17 October 2009
Venue: Weymouth Lodge of Elks
City: Weymouth Mass
Country: United States of America

Exotic Bird and Reptile Expo 2009

August 4, 2009 by  
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The Hickory Metro Convention Centre will be hosting the Exotic Bird and Reptile Expo 2009 on the 12th of September 2009. This annual event is organized by Catawba Valley Feathers and combines the cool and collective reptile world with the colorful, fascinating and song filled world of exotic birds. Fun filled activities such as face painting for the kids and a host of vendors will complement the already unique and festive expo.

From toys and cages to reptiles and exotic birds, the Exotic Bird and Reptile Expo 2009 has it all. For more information, contact the Hickory Metro Convention Centre on (828) 324-8600.

Date: 12 September 2009
Venue: Hickory Metro Convention Centre
City: Hickory, North Carolina
Country: United States of America

Madison Exotic Bird Fair 2009

July 24, 2009 by  
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The Madison Exotic Bird Fair will be hosted at the VFW Hall in Madison on the 6th of September 2009. Birds of all shapes and sizes will be on display as well as a host of vendor stores and exhibitors, with a wide variety of bird related products. Bird enthusiasts should not miss out on this colorful affair.

For more information in regard to the fair and vendors, Sheila can be contacted on 608 362 4696 or visit email her at busybirdtoys@charter.net.

Date: 6 September 2009
Venue: VFW Hall
City: Madison
Country: United States of America

Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus)

February 9, 2009 by  
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The Crested Caracara (Polyborus plancus) has a body length of between 19 to 23 inches and so is a relatively large bird. The wingspan is four-foot in length and the average bird weighs between the region of one and a half to three and a half pounds. The variance of weight is dependant on where the bird lives and what food is available to it.

The habitat that the Crested Caracaras prefers is open flat countryside, for instance river edges, ranches, savannas and pastures. At times you may find them in marshy areas and in forests. The Caracaras can be found in southwestern United States and Florida, South America and Central America. In the falcon group, the Crested Caracara is the most terrestrial bird and spends a large amount of its time on the ground.

The Caracara feeds normally on dead animals but if the opportunity comes up they will take the advantage of other food sources such as small mammals, amphibians, turtles, reptiles, fish, crab, eggs, worms, insects and birds that are nesting. The Crested Caracara will either take food from other birds or they will hunt for food off the ground.

When it comes to nesting season, the Crested Caracaras will build a large stick nest off the ground in palms, trees or cacti, or on the ground. The Caracaras is unusual in that way, as other members of the falcon family do not construct nests. The female will lay 2 to 3 eggs and will incubate them up to 28 to 32 days. Unlike most other birds, the young caracaras have a much longer fledging period and can take up to three months before they can fly as independent birds.

The scientific name, ‘Polyborus plancus’, given to the Crested Caracara comes from ‘poly’, which is the Greek word for variety or many; ‘boros’, which means gluttonous and that is easily seen by bird’s voracious appetite; and the Latin word ‘plancus’, which Aristotle used as a word for an eagle. The common name given to the bird, caracara, comes from the South Americans and is so called because of the call the bird makes. Other names the Crested Caracara has been given is the Caracara Eagle, Mexican Eagle, Audubon’s Caracara, King Buzzard and the Mexican Buzzard. The previous scientific name that was given to the bird was Caracara cheriway.

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

February 9, 2009 by  
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The scientific name of the Eastern bluebird is the Sialia sialis. The bluebird is a small thrush and is 5.5 inches long with a narrow black bill. The bluebird found in Southwestern United States is lighter in colour than the Eastern bluebird elsewhere. You will often see the bluebird in open patches of ground like in wood edges and agricultural areas. The bluebird feeds by diving down from low branches to catch grasshoppers and other insects. Their accuracy in capturing prey is assisted by their excellent eyesight, and they can see as far as a 100 feet away.

The male is easily recognizable by its vibrant blue upper parts and its orange-red throat, breast and sides. The belly and the under tail coverts, on the other hand, are a pure white colour. The female also has blue wings and tail but the blue is just duller in colour than the males. Its crown and back are gray and it has a white ring around the eye. The female’s throat, breast and sides are brown, and like the male, its belly and under tail coverts are white. The juvenile bluebird also has dull blue wings and tail and gray crown and back. It has a white ring around the eye, but the under parts are spotted rather than white.

The Eastern Bluebird is often confused with other bluebirds because of their similar looks and coloring. The male Western Bluebird has a blue throat whereas the Eastern Bluebird has an orange-red one. The male Mountain Bluebird does not have any reddish color on its underparts, but apart from that, has similar coloring. The female birds are not as easy to separate as their male counterparts. Both the Mountain and Western Bluebirds have gray bellies and throats but the female Eastern Bluebird has a white belly and a brownish throat.

Unlike during the 1950s and 1960s, the Eastern Bluebird population has decreased alarmingly in recent years, dropping to as low as 17 percent of recorded numbers back then. Some of the reasons for this unfortunate situation include severe winters, increasing competition with other hole nesters for decreasing nest sites, and pesticides that have been used to control fire ants.

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