The last two weekends of August are a great time for watching cranes in Alaska, enjoying hummingbirds in Tennessee, and exploring eastern Colorado. And that’s just what you can do at the three fun events listed below.
Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival
This festival celebrates the thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes that visit Fairbanks every year. John Marzluff, James W. Ridgeway Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington and author of the books Gifts of the Crow and In the Company of Crows and Ravens, will speak on Friday and Saturday. At Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska. Festival website.
Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival
Visitors will get to watch a master bander capture, weigh, measure, and band Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Joel Greenberg, author of the acclaimed book A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, will speak. At the Ijams Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. Festival website.
Colorado Field Ornithologists Annual Convention
This year’s convention will be in eastern Colorado — in Sterling and vicinity. Field trips will visit Pawnee National Grasslands and Crow Valley Campground; Riverside, Jackson, and Prewitt Reservoirs; Tamarack, Jumbo, and Red Lion SWAs; and other locales. Jon L. Dunn, tour leader, author, and chief consultant for all six editions of the National Geographic field guide, will conduct a workshop on identifying peeps, answer questions about the AOU’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature, and speak at the Saturday-evening banquet. At Sterling, Colorado. Convention 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.
Read about these and other events in our online calendar. You can reach the calendar from any location on our website. Just look for “PHOTOS & CALENDAR” in the black bar at the top of the page. From the pull-down menu, click on “Calendar of events” to view the calendar. Click on “Submit event” to add an event.
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