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BirdFest Weekend 2013: May 10 - 12


Birding Trips, Guest Speakers, and Mothers’ Day Brunch


BirdFest weekend is May 10 – 12! Please register separately for each evnt. And don’t forget that Saturday we’ll hold Migration Mania at Beechwood, with fun bird activities for the whole family.


Friday night, May 10, is “Birds and Brew,” featuring guest speaker Jim Danzenbaker. The event will take place at the National Aviary in the Northside. Jim is a World Series of Birding team member and the sales manager for the Americas, Kowa Sport Optics. At “Birds and Brew” he’ll provide a dynamic presentation on his birding experiences in some very remote and inhospitable locations, including an expedition to Antarctica.


Saturday morning's birding outing to Sycamore Island is full! No more reservations are being taken.


Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm is Migration Mania Family Festival, with games, hikes, and bird-related events for the entire family. The event is free and takes place at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve.


Saturday evening at Beechwood, author and biologist Derek Lovitch will dicuss his book “How to Be a Better Birder.”  Derek offers a more effective way to go about identification—he calls it the "Whole Bird and More" approach—that will enable you to identify more birds, more quickly, more of the time. Derek will share tips and takeaways for birders of all levels who want to learn how to bird like the experts.  Using the Sandy Point Morning Flight phenomenon as a case study, he shares tips and takeaways for birders who want to learn how to bird like the experts.  Derek will discuss how geography, weather, and habitat combine to provide outstanding birding opportunities. He'll also talk about how to maximize time in the field and improve our identification skills.


Sunday morning, Derek Lovitch will accompany beginning birders to Presque Isle in Erie. Shuttle vans will transport individuals, who will gain tips on birding during the trip. While at Presque Isle, beginning birders will join experienced birders in the search for migratory species. Transportation and a boxed lunch are included.


Wrapping up the weekend, we’ll hold a Mothers’ Day brunch and birdhouse painting event at Succop Conservancy. Toast mom with a mimosa and dine outdoors in our beautiful pavilion! Register for the 11:00 am seating, 11:30 am seating, noon seating, 12:30 pm seating, or 1:00 pm seating.