“Audubon Miami Valley Bird Festival” - we’ve changed the name, but this popular event is still FUN, FREE, and FAMILY-FRIENDLY! The location is the same, too: Hueston Woods State Park, near the Nature Center.
Saturday, May 18th is the date, from 10am to 3pm, with a keynote speaker at 3:30. This year’s speaker is Brian Jorg from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
Bird-related crafts and nature education booths will entertain the kids. By completing five of the activities, they can earn a nature patch featuring our beautiful Audubon Miami Valley logo.
Local organizations will be on hand to offer tips for families who want to get their children outdoors and enjoying nature. Look for our new “No Child Left Inside” booth for information.
Bird walks will be offered for all ages, led by an experienced “birder”. Bring your binoculars, or try out some of ours. Learn to recognize birds by sight and by their songs.
Raptor, Inc. and Hueston Woods will have live birds on display. Licensed bird-banders will explain the importance of their research at a demonstration banding station.
Tell your gardening friends about our Native Plant Sale at the Festival! Native plants attract birds and butterflies to your yard and offer them important habitat in our built-up world.
Music and food concessions will help make this a most enjoyable outing for your family.
The theme this year, “Save the Big Woods”, highlights our chapter’s habitat restoration project, funded by a Togethergreen grant from Toyota and National Audubon Society.
Volunteers work to remove invasive plants from the Hueston Woods Nature Preserve (a designated Important Bird Area), in order to protect native wildflowers and young trees. While you are here, take the time to walk one of the lovely woodland trails.
Please join us!
~Gail Reynolds, President, Audubon Miami Valley