October is the time to celebrate birds in Miami, meet with ornithologists in Georgia, and watch cranes in Michigan.
Bird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Enjoy two days of half-day or full-day walks through Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Curry Hammock State Park, and other hotspots. Rafael Galvez will talk about the Florida Keys Hawkwatch, Paul Bithorn will speak about parrots, and Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, will deliver the keynote. Festival website.
Georgia Ornithological Society Fall Meeting
Jekyll Island, Georgia
GOS meetings are open to the general public. They feature evening presentations and daytime field trips conducted by experienced birders. George Fenwick, president and CEO of American Bird Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker. Meeting website.
Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “CraneFest” XIX
Watch Sandhill Cranes, Sandhill Cranes by the thousands, return to Big Marsh Lake, a 300-acre wetland that is part of Michigan Audubon’s Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary. Richard Crossley, author of the Crossley ID guides, will speak and sign books on Friday evening. Festival website.
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Most of the events above appeared in our October 2013 issue. You can read about future events in our calendar of events.