The beginning of August is a great time for hummingbirds in Minnesota and Arizona, bird monitoring in Wisconsin, and birding camp in Delaware. We always look forward to the five annual events listed below.
Sedona Hummingbird Festival
Birders at this annual festival will have the opportunity to visit Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creek Canyon, participate in garden tours, and hear presentations by hummingbird experts. Ross Hawkins, founder and executive director of the Hummingbird Society, will give two presentations, and avian ecologist and conservation biologist Peter Hodum will give a lecture on conserving the critically endangered Juan Fernández Firecrown, pictured above. In Sedona, Arizona. Festival website.
“Creating Bird-Friendly Landscapes in the Midwest” will be the theme of this five-day workshop, sponsored by the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership. Speakers, working groups, presentations, and field trips will focus on Bobolinks, marshbirds, nocturnal birds, grassland birds, and aerial insectivores, and attendees will enjoy a picnic at beautiful Forest Beach Migratory Bird Preserve, Hotspot Near Your No. 156 and home of the Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory. At Port Washington, Wisconsin. Workshop website.
ABA Camp Avocet
Migrating shorebirds will be a focus for this popular seven-day camp for birders between the ages of 13 and 18. Guided by ABA staff and guest instructors, campers will bird southern Delaware and visit Cape May Point, Higbee Beach, and the Meadows in search of warblers, shorebirds, gulls, terns, and other birds. At Virden Conference Center, Lewes, Delaware. Camp website.
Tucson Bird & Wildlife Festival
Field trips will visit Mt. Lemmon, the Huachuca Mountains, Madera Canyon, Suagaro National Park, Sweetwater Wetlands, and other well-known Arizona hotspots. That sounds like fun to us, but it gets better: Steven N.G. Howell, co-author of Rare Birds of North America (Princeton, 2014), Petrels, Albatrosses & Storm-Petrels of North America (Princeton, 2012), A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America (Oxford, 1995), and other books, will give the keynote on Saturday. In Tucson, Arizona. Festival website.
Henderson Hummingbird Hurrah
Participants at this one-day festival will get to watch as a licensed bander catches and bands Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and they can enjoy a garden tour, speakers, book-signing sessions, and children’s activities. In Henderson, Minnesota, southwest of Minneapolis. Festival website.
Festivals and events
We highlight fun birding events in “Birding Briefs” in every issue of BirdWatching magazine. Many of the events above appeared in our August 2014 issue. Subscribe.
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