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2016 American Falls Family Birding Festival

American Falls
Family
Birding Festival!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Enjoy spring in Idaho!

cedarww1

Bring your friends and family for a fun day of learning about birds in our great community. This is a field trip designed by volunteers to be fun for the whole family.

9:00- 9:30am – Free Registration at Library (Prizes)
308 Roosevelt St, American Falls, ID 83211
9:30- 12:30pm – Carpool to Massacre Rocks State Park
(speakers and guided birding)
1:00 – 2:00pm – No Host Lunch at the Bay Restaurant
(Speaker and prizes)
2:00 – 3:30pm – Owl & shorebirds at the AF Reservoir

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

2014 Spring Bird Festival little

 

Humming Brid Poem

hummer123HUMMING-BIRD

I can imagine, in some otherworld

Primeval-dumb, far back

In that most awful stillness, that only gasped and hummed,

Humming-birds raced down the avenues.

Before anything had a soul,

While life was a heave of Matter, half inanimate,

This little bit chipped off in brilliance

And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.

I believe there were no flowers, then,

In the world where the humming-bird flashed ahead of creation.

I believe he pierced the slow vegetable veins with his long beak.

Probably he was big

As mosses, and little lizards, they say were once big.

Probably he was a jabbing, terrifying monster.

We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time,

Luckily for us.

-D.H. Lawrence

AF Birding Festival

American Falls
Birding Festival!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

2014 Spring Bird Festival little

Enjoy spring in Idaho!
Bring your friends and family for a fun day of learning about birds in our great community. This is a field trip designed by volunteers to be fun for the whole family.

 

8:30- 9:00am           Free Registration at Library (Prizes)                                                                        308 Roosevelt St, American Falls, ID 83211

9:00- 11:30am        Carpool to Massacre Rocks St. Park                                                                          (Speakers and guided birding)

12:00 – 1:00pm      Discounted No Host Lunch at the Bay Restaurant                                            (Speaker and prizes)

1:15 – 2:00pm          Guided birding at the AF Reservoir

 

Birding With Kids

cedarww1It is spring and I am sure you’re looking for new ways to get outside and celebrate. I just happen to have an idea you might like to try. Get a kid or two into birding! But, how?

I happened across this page that contains links to great little bird feeders kids can make themselves. I think I might try it myself.

http://www.alifeinbalance.net/gardening-with-kids-bird-feeders/

Peregrine Falcon On Webcam

Is there anything more fun than seeing the birds return in the spring and watching them produce the next generation of avian wonders?    I think you will agree watching this pair of falcons raise a new family in Boise, Idaho  is pretty great.

http://peregrinefund.org/webcam-peregrine

Perhaps you would enjoy learning more about these astonishing birds, if so check out this link…

14 Interesting Facts About The Peregrine Falcon

By the way, if peregrines listen to blues I bet they listen to the Wonton Bishops.

PBS Nature: Owls

A friend told me about this PBS Nature program the other day and last night I watched it.  WOW! This is a must see for any birder who is interested in owls.  It is an absolute must see and contains some of the best bird video  I have ever seen.  You can watch it for free at…

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/magic-of-the-snowy-owl-full-episode/7963/

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