Fun September events feature cranes, contributing editors

8/22/2013 | 1

Sandhill Crane with colt, August 13, 2013, photo by Scott Helfrich.

Sandhill Crane with colt, August 13, 2013, photo by Scott Helfrich.

We always look forward to opportunities to see our contributing editors in public. Early September offers two such chances — on Cape Cod, where Pete Dunne will deliver a keynote, and right here in Wisconsin, where Kenn Kaufman will speak. Details are below.

Before we begin, however, we need to let you know that an event that we listed in our October issue will not take place: According to a message posted on Facebook days after we sent the issue to the printer, the 2013 Grand Manan Island Birding Festival will not take place. It has been postponed until 2014. We regret any inconvenience.

September 6-8
Puget Sound Bird Fest
Edmonds, Washington

Highlights include a birding cruise in Puget Sound and guided walks in Edmonds Marsh, Pine Ridge Park, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, and other area hotspots. The keynote speaker will be Thor Hanson, author of the award-winning book Feathers: The Evolution of a Natural Miracle, which won the John Burroughs Medal and was nominated for The Samuel Johnson Prize. Festival website.

September 6–8
A Swift Night Out
Across North America

A Swift Night Out is a continent-wide effort to raise awareness about and encourage interest in Chimney Swifts and Vaux’s Swifts. Here’s how you can participate: At dusk, watch for areas where swifts are feeding. Look for a tall shaft, chimney, or similar structure to locate where swifts go to roost. Then, starting about 30 minutes before sunset September 6-8, observe the roost and estimate the number of swifts that enter.

September 6-9
Yampa Valley Crane Festival
Steamboat Springs and Hayden, Colorado

The Greater Sandhill Crane is an iconic species of the Yampa Valley. Not only do the birds nest in wetland areas throughout the valley, but in late summer and early fall, hundreds of cranes from the Rocky Mountain flock join the local birds to rest and feed before continuing their journey south. This festival includes daily crane viewings, expert speakers, films, art exhibits, workshops, family activities and more. Festival website.

September 12-15
HummerBird Celebration
Rockport, Texas

If you like hummingbirds, you will love this. The HummerBird Celebration takes place annually in the charming and friendly coastal towns of Rockport and Fulton. The purpose is to celebrate the spectacular fall migration of the Ruby-throated hummingbird. Festival website.

September 12-15
Monterey Bay Birding Festival
Watsonville, California

Here’s your chance to explore the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, Pinnacles National Monument, and other world-class habitats. Field trips will take participants to Big Sur to see California Condors, and a pelagic trip by Shearwater Journeys will visit one of the world’s most productive regions for albatrosses, shearwaters, and storm-petrels. Best of all, author, artist, and PRBO Conservation Science research associate Sophie Webb will give a keynote on seabirds and marine mammals of the eastern tropical Pacific. Festival website.

Pete DunneSeptember 13-15
Cape Cod Bird Festival
Hyannis, Massachusetts

Contributing Editor Pete Dunne will give the keynote at Saturday night’s dinner. That’s enough for us, but there will also be field trips to Bank Street Bog Nature Preserve, South Beach, North Beach Island, South Monomoy NWR, and other locations, and a pelagic trip will provide opportunities for Manx, Sooty, Cory’s, and Great Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, migrating phalaropes, jaegers, and early-arriving seaducks and loons. Festival website.

Kenn KaufmanSeptember 13-15
Crane Festival 2013
Berlin, Wisconsin

Join the Operation Migration Team and other craniacs in the Green Lake, Berlin, and Princeton area. The weekend includes a special outing to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Whooping Crane viewing at the White River Marsh State Wildlife Area, and a day trip to the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo. On Friday night, Contributing Editor Kenn Kaufman will present his new program: “Bird Flight as Science and Magic.” Festival website.

September 14-15 and 21-22
Festival of Hawks
Holiday Beach, Amherstburg, Ontario

Each fall, thousands of hawks, vultures, eagles, falcons, and other birds of prey concentrate in at Holiday Beach and Big Creek Conservation Areas before flying across the Detroit River toward more southerly destinations for the winter. Enjoy live raptor shows, banding demonstrations, free workshops and hikes, adopt-a-hawk programs, nature crafts and activities. Holiday Beach Migration Observatory.

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.

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