Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival
September 19 - September 21$295 – $365
Birders of all abilities and expertise are invited to Midland, Michigan for the inaugural Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens Birding Festival, September 19–21, 2019. Attendees will learn from more than 20 distinguished conservationists, researchers, photographers, naturalists, and environmental educators. Over 30 dynamic sessions will be offered on topics such as Kirtland’s Warbler Conservation, raptor identification, and birding by ear. The capstone of the festival is keynote speaker, David Allen Sibley, presenting The Art of Identification. Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The New York Times best seller The Sibley Guide to Birds.
During the festival, experienced guides await to provide tours of wildlife refuges, nature centers, and conservancy properties throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region. Additional offerings include sailing on the Tall Ship Appledore, birding by kayak on local waterways, a family five senses walk, and golf cart tours for mobility-limited participants. Instructional workshops at Whiting Forest will be led by noted bird illustrator Catherine Hamilton, award-winning Michigan photographer David Stimac, and creative non-fiction and nature writing instructor, Dr. Kevin Koch.
A special evening reception at the recently-unveiled Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens will allow guests to join birds in the treetops on the nation’s longest canopy walk, soaring up to 40 feet above the ground. Whiting Forest features 54 acres of woodlands, ponds, apple orchard, meadows and stream along 1.5 miles of accessible pathways and additional nature trails. The Alden B. Dow-designed Whiting home welcomes guests as a Visitor Center. Other features include a playground, apple orchard, Whiting Forest Café, Snake Creek restoration and two pedestrian bridges.
Early Bird Registration (April 29 – July 10) Basic: $295; Full (includes field trips & workshops): $330 General Registration (July 11 – August 23) Basic: $330; Full (includes field trips & workshops): $365