Three fun birding events in early October

9/19/2013 | 0

Sandhill Cranes in flight. Photo by Robert Burton (USFWS).

Sandhill Cranes in flight. Photo by Robert Burton (USFWS).

October is the time to celebrate birds in Miami, meet with ornithologists in Georgia, and watch cranes in Michigan.

Read about fun birding events taking place earlier in October.

October 10-13
Bird Festival at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami, Florida

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.

Read about Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Hotspots Near You No. 4.

Read where Paul Bithorn and our writer found peacocks and other exotic birds in Miami.

October 11-14
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.

October 12-13
Sandhill Crane & Art Festival, “CraneFest” XIX
Bellevue, Michigan

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.

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