The second annual American Falls Birding Festival was a resounding success with many attendees and forty four species of birds identified. We had many birders present, ranging from small children and their parents to senior citizens. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day.
The festival started off at the AF public library with all the participants receiving their bird books and birding information packets. In addition, bottles of sun block and packets of bird seed were given to each birder. Todd Winters spoke about binoculars for birding and covered how to select, adjust, and use the latest tech for viewing birds.
We all car-pooled to Massacre Rocks State Park, stopping on the way at the Ranch store for complimentary coffee and cocoa. We were given free entrance into the park and met by a real “Mountain Man” who gave us an interesting orientation to the park and told us about the history of the area. After this we spent our time birding along the Snake River spotting a wide variety of species. Dr. Chuck Trost and Barb North of the Portneuf Valley Audubon Society were instrumental in helping new and old birders alike spot and identify reclusive birds.
At noon we motored on to the American Falls Marina where we had and an excellent lunch at the Bay Restaurant with the drawing for an array of great prizes as a culminating event. Prizes were provided by Bill Meadows. After our lunch we continued birding along the shore of the reservoir looking at many species and enjoying the informational bird signs that have been installed along the bike and walking path.
In spite of chilly weather, it was a very successful day and we were able to introduce many people to the wonderful world of birding.