Thursday, March 19, 2009

First Annual West Michigan Birding Festival

West Michigan Birding Festival
from the Birding Festival web site

Ludington will host the first annual West Michigan Birding Festival, May 15-17, 2009. Event organizer Judy Bach is excited to be able to offer such a quality schedule for the first ever such local event.

The weekend will be a special opportunity for beginning and advanced birders to get an up-close look at migrating birds, such as the endangered piping plover. Interactive programs and field trips guided by expert naturalists and biologists are being offered.

Some of the seminars on the schedule are:
  • Bird Calls and Identification
  • All About Loons
  • Shorebird Identification
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
  • Bald Eagle Program for Children
  • Many More

Field trips are planned throughout the weekend to familiar locations such as Ludington State Park, but also to less well known spots such as Gale's Pond and the Pere Marquette Marsh.

Children are welcome. There will be a special bald eagle presentation specifically for younger birdwatchers.

Key evening speakers are Bob Brockwell, "Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound," and Dave Dister, "Birding Adventures around the U.S."

Registration is extremely reasonable. The reservation fee is $10 per adult for reservations received by May 10, 2009. The reservation fee for children up to the age of 12 is $1 and teens, ages 13-18, is $5. The registration fee will enable you to attend as many seminars and field trips as you chose, but does not include transportation. Participants should seek their own lodging and meals but suggestions are offered on the web site.

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Anonymous said...

Sadly this is a rather a long way for me to travel to as we live in the UK! We are fortunate enough to live within a short walk of vast expanses of saltmarsh which plays host to all sorts of birds - particularly at this time of year when the migrating birds are on the move.

Also - I passed the Kreativ Blogger award on to you on my post today!

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Yes that would be a bit far! I'll be out of town myself, it looks like they plan to do a great job with it. We have a lot of nice migrating waterfowl here.

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