Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Birds of a Feather Fest 2015 ~ Palm Coast

A new festival will soon take flight in Palm Coast! The inaugural Birds of a Feather Fest will span three days, Feb. 6-8, 2015, offering a weekend of birding, workshops, presentations, kayak trips and family activities. The headlining speaker will be Greg Miller of The Big Year motion picture and book.

This new City of Palm Coast event is geared toward serious birders, as well as beginners and families. A good number of the birding trips offered will be on paved trails in and around Palm Coast, making birding accessible to children and people with disabilities.




So how does a beginner or a young family get started in birding?

The Birds of a Feather Fest is a great introduction to the wonderful family hobby of birding! The event is set up like a conference with a buffet of birding field trips, classes, speakers, and non-birding family activities from which to choose. You can do as much or as little as you’d like. 

Some activities have a fee, while some are free. Here are some suggestions for beginners and participants with children:

Friday, Feb. 6 – Start with a visit to the Exhibit Hall, open 3-8 p.m. Friday, free of charge, at the Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Pkwy NE. Then head over to the Matanzas High School for a free Movie After Dark, “RIO,” indoors at the high school theater.
Saturday, Feb. 7 – Plan a full day of Birds of a Feather Fest fun, starting with a morning bird walk on Lehigh Trail ($20/person) or a free Beginner Bird Walk on St. Joe Walkway starting at the top of the hour all day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other family friendly activities on Saturday include:
·         8 a.m.-8 p.m. – Exhibit Hall is open at Palm Coast Community Center
·         9-11 a.m. – Kayak Trip at Long Creek Nature Preserve, with kayak included ($20/person)
·         9-11 a.m. – Build and Fly a Kite at Malacompra Community Center ($20/person)
·         9:30-11:30 a.m. – Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding at Gamble Rogers State Park (beginner and intermediate classes offered, either for $20/person)
·         2-4 p.m. – Kids and parents Make a Bird Feeder, ages 4 and up, at Linear Park (free)
·         3-4 p.m. – Wild About Birds class and show, ages 4 and up, at Linear Park ($20/person)
·         6-9 p.m. – Owl Prowl at Linear Park, with a glow-stick provided ($20/person)
·         7-9 p.m. – Free Movie After Dark, “The Big Year,” indoors at Matanzas High School theater (free)
Sunday, Feb. 8 – Now that you’ve discovered birding, take the Introduction to Birding class at the Palm Coast Community Center at 1 p.m. ($20/person) or sign up for a behind-the-scenes Bird Walk at the Palm Coast Spray Fields in the morning ($20/person). The final day’s other family friendly activities include:
·         8 a.m.-4 p.m. – Beginner Bird Walks at Waterfront Park starting at the top of the hour all day (free)
·         9-11 a.m. – Kayak Trip at Princess Place Preserve, with kayak included ($20/person)
·         9:30-11:30 a.m. – Stand-Up Paddle-Boarding at Gamble Rogers State Park ($20/person)
·         1-3 p.m. – Birdhouse Build at Linear Park (free)
·         2-3 p.m. – Rookeries and Alligators, Strange Bedfellows at the Community Center (free)

“With our trails and beaches, Palm Coast is a birder's paradise,” said festival Director Jason Giraulo. “Our event has great bird walks, classes and speakers for serious birders, but we also wanted to introduce people of all ages to the joy of birding. We hope our families will spend the weekend exploring this fun outdoor activity.”

A complete schedule for the Birds of a Feather Fest is at www.birdingfest.com, and registration is now open. Participants must register, even for free activities.

Sponsors include the Hilton Garden Inn (host hotel), Flagler County, Palm Coast Observer, The Home Depot, Bright House, and Top Birding Tours.

Please join us for the first Birds of a Feather Fest – Fun for the Whole Flock! For more information, visit www.birdingfest.com or contact Festival Director Jason Giraulo at 386-986-2484 or jgiraulo@palmcoastgov.com.


Event Source: Media Release



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