Hummingbirds, hawks, cranes, and the beautiful work of Barry Van Dusen and other wildlife artists take center stage during the first two weekends in September. Listed below are nine fun events where you can enjoy them all.
Hummingbird Migration Celebration
Bob and Martha Sargent, co-founders of the well-known Hummer/Bird Study Group, will give banding demonstrations. Douglas Tallamy, author of the award-winning 2007 book Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, will talk about creating living landscapes. And master bander Fred Bassett, the subject of one of our most popular feature articles, will speak about southeastern hummingbirds. At the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Holly Springs, Mississippi. Festival website.
Oregon Shorebird Festival
Festival-goers will enjoy guided field trips to Bandon Marsh NWR, New River, and the Coos Bay area. A five-hour pelagic trip scheduled for Saturday is already sold out. Headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon. Festival website.
Puget Sound Bird Fest
Master artist and naturalist Tony Angell, co-author (with John Marzluff) of the 2012 book Gifts of the Crow, will deliver the opening keynote on Friday, and Maria Mudd Roth, author of Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet, will speak on Saturday. Guided birdwalks will visit Edmonds Marsh, Willow Creek Hatchery, Pine Ridge Park, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and other hotspots. At the Frances Anderson Center in Edmonds, Washington. Festival website.
September 6-November 16
Birds in Art
This annual exhibition, the 39th, presents original bird-inspired paintings, sculptures, and graphics created within the last three years by artists from throughout the world. The 2014 show will present juror-selected artwork by 92 artists, recent work by 19 artists named Master Artists during previous Birds in Art exhibitions (including Tony Angell, mentioned above), and artwork by 2014 Master Wildlife Artist Barry Van Dusen. At the beautiful Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Exhibition website.
Whooping Crane Festival
Craniacs will have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Necedah NWR on Friday and go on a bird walk with acclaimed wildlife artist, birder, and Whooping Crane handler Tom Schultz on Sunday morning. Stanley Temple, Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin Madison and senior fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, will talk about the centennial of the Passenger Pigeon’s extinction on Friday evening, and George Archibald, co-founder of the International Crane Foundation, and Joe Duff, co-founder and CEO of Operation Migration, will each give talks on Saturday. In Princeton, Wisconsin. Festival website.
Yampa Valley Crane Festival
This festival celebrates the Sandhill Cranes that nest and raise their young every year in wetland areas throughout the Yampa Valley in northwestern Colorado. Richard Beilfuss, president and CEO of the International Crane Foundation, will deliver the keynote, and Ted Floyd, editor of Birding magazine, will speak. In Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado. Festival website.
Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival
During this fun one-day event, shuttles will run from Pateros up to Chelan Ridge, which sits 5,675 feet above sea level along a flyway used by migrating raptors. There, visitors will be treated to up-close views of raptors such as Cooper’s Hawk as they are banded and released. Hawk expert Jerry Liguori, author of our recent article about hawk watches in the Grand Canyon, will conduct an ID workshop on Friday evening. At Memorial Park in Pateros, Washington. Festival website.
September 13 and 20
Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza Open House
See hummingbirds being banded, adopt a hummingbird, browse the nature store, walk the nature trails, or buy a plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 8 a.m. to noon on two successive Saturdays at the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Lake Jackson, Texas. Event website.
September 13-14 and 20-21
Festival of Hawks
You have two weekends to enjoy the live raptor shows, banding demonstrations, free workshops, and hikes scheduled at this festival, held in Ontario just south of Detroit — and then there’s all those migrating hawks! At Holiday Beach Migration Observatory, Amherstburg, Ontario. 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 October 2014 issue. Subscribe.
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