American Falls Birding Festival a Resounding Success!

The second annual American Falls Birding Festival was a resounding success with many attendees and forty four species of birds birders 1 smallidentified.  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.  Wbirders 2 smalle 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.

birders 3 smallAt 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.

 

 

Countdown to Festival

Please don’t forget that this Saturday, 5/9/15, is the second annual American Falls Birding Festival!  I hope that you can come to the American Falls Library between 8:30am and 9:00am to register for a great day of birding and meeting new birding friends.

This is a festival oriented toward the family so be sure to bring all the kids for a great day.  We will have guided birding, mountain men, and guest speakers.  We will have prizes and a good time seeing some wonderful birds.  Remember your binoculars!

Map to Library in American Falls

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