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Migratory bird populations have taken a nose dive in the past 40 years. But you can help bring their numbers back by creating beneficial, beautiful and fun habitats in your own backyard. Discover favorite plants and environments that shelter and feed colorful songbirds, as well as how to make them feel welcome by offering their preferred natural foods.

Grandma Pearl
(Connie Smith)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

What Is a Birding Festival?

image from:  njaudubon.org
Contrary to what your mind might conjure up at the mention of a bird festival, there are no conga-line dancing birds, no elaborately costumed South American Toucans, no beads thrown by flocks of turkeys in face paint!  There are, however, many bird-related activities for young and old, often highlighting a particular regional bird population at peak migration times.

Workshops and Guest Speakers are often scheduled to further educate and enlighten those in attendance.  Be sure to bring your camera and/or camcorder to capture all the images you might never have a chance to witness anywhere else.  Learn the best ways to find and photograph birds, help to preserve their habitats and generally enjoy the whole birding experience. 
image from:  olympicbirdfest.org
Activities are geared to all family members, and can be free to anyone.  Some more extensively guided field trips may require a small registration fee.  Either way, there is so much to learn and discover at a bird festival.  The events take on an almost 'county fair' persona with all the vendors and activities offered.

Local businesses and restaurants feature specials to coincide with the festivities, and to take advantage of the happy atmosphere surrounding such an event.  No matter whether you are a novice bird watcher or a seasoned pro, there are all kinds of ways to connect to those who share your interests.  
image from:  laredobirdingfestival.com

There are often helpful presentations on how to identify different birds, where to find them, and what their songs and calls sound like.  Even if you never thought of yourself as a 'bird nerd', attending a bird festival might just make you a bona fide birdwatcher!

Several upcoming festivals will highlight hummingbirds, shore birds, cranes, eagles, hawks, owls and other raptors, birds of the prairie and migratory songbirds.  Discover a whole new world:  check the link at the end of this post to find a bird festival—then go and join the family fun!  Chances are there's a birding festival not far from where you live!
Grandma Pearl

For an extensive list of bird festivals and their dates, go to http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/events/category/lectures-and-workshops/

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