Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Birds of a Feather Fest 2017 ~ Palm Coast


 Registration is now open for the City of Palm Coast’s third annual Birds of a Feather Fest, set for Feb. 10-12 – offering a weekend of birding, photography, workshops, social events, nature art show and family activities.


New this year are big trips to Lyonia Preserve in Deltona, the GTM Reserve in Ponte Vedra Beach and Sweetwater Wetlands in Gainesville; two full days of free beginner bird walks at two Palm Coast locations; a nature-themed art show and family activities in Peacee’s Kids Nest. The festival has a new home base this year – Palm Coast City Hall, 160 Lake Ave., Palm Coast.

Many activities are free, while some have a fee. There is no registration free. Meet the experts – our birding guides for the weekend – at a free reception Friday evening at Canfield’s.

The three-day birding and nature festival 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.

A complete schedule for the Birds of a Feather Fest is at www.birdingfest.com, and registration is now open. Twenty-eight birding trips and classes are being offered. Participants can choose as much or as little as they’d like over the three days.


Birders aim their binoculars at Waterfront Park during the 2016 Birds of a Feather Fest.

Returning this year as expert birding guides are internationally known birder Greg Miller, whose story was the subject of The Big Year motion picture starring Jack Black; David and Dee Simpson of Space Coast Audubon (David is the current holder of the American Birding Association’s Big Year for Florida); David Hartgrove, longtime Volusia County compiler for the North American Migration Count; and Joe and Judie Dziak, Flagler’s resident bald eagle experts.

In addition to Lyonia, GTM Reserve and Sweetwater, big trips this year will be to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Viera Wetlands. Several trips are planned to Flagler County’s own Princess Place Preserve, Matanzas Inlet and Palm Coast’s Linear Park.

Photographers will have two opportunities to learn new skills – at a Bird Photography Field Workshop at Varn Park north of Flagler Beach in Flagler Beach and at a class at Palm Coast City Hall about Post Processing and Publishing Your Photos, both on Friday, Feb. 10.

Saturday, Feb. 11, will offer a full day of recreation for families and art and nature lovers. The “Rooted in Nature” art show will be indoors at the Community Wing of Palm Coast City Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Peacee’s Kids Nest – under the big tent on the lawn – will be open for families from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with nature-themed crafts, games, and a reading of Pelican Pete. Be sure to register in advance for the Build a Birdhouse and Build & Decorate Binoculars classes.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, East Coast Wildlife Rehab will conduct an educational program featuring live birds they are caring for. This show will be free and open to all, held in the PeaCee's Kids Nest area.

Be sure to register in advance for the Build a Birdhouse and Build & Decorate Binoculars classes, but other PeaCee's Kids Nest activities require no advance registration. PeaCee's Kids Nest offers activities for children of all ages, including many free activities.

Registration is also still open for birding field trips and workshops, as well as photography classes.The three-day birding and nature festival is geared toward serious birders, as well as beginners and families. A complete schedule for the Birds of a Feather Fest is at www.birdingfest.com, and registration can be done online there.

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

Always verify event information before going.  Event information is subject to change.

Event source: News release



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