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Queen City Bird Festival is May 12

2012/05/07

Audubon Miami Valley will celebrate the 5th annual Queen City Bird Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12 at Hueston Woods Nature Center, 6301 Park Office Road.

The festival seeks to engage children, their families and the general public in basic birding activities and to teach them to explore and value nature and to learn ways to conserve and enhance our natural world.

There will be numerous activities: bird walks, child-oriented art projects, and talks about birding basics, bird banding and bird habitat. Booths will inform visitors about the environment and conservation issues.

Vendors’ booths will offer food, nature photography, art and informational brochures.

Musicians will provide live music throughout the day.

Adults and children will have the opportunity to win prizes at hourly raffle drawings. Children also will have the opportunity to earn a Junior Birder’s Patch.

This year’s keynote speaker, Cory Christopher, is the manager of graduate programs at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and he co-manger the Zoo Tribe, a team leadership program. He serves as adjunct faculty of the University of Cincinnati and Miami University. He grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in his home state of Georgia where his childhood experiences convinced him that children can develop a true appreciation of nature only when they are actively engaged in what they are learning.

This year’s festival will also host Audubon Miami Valley’s annual plant sale. A variety of native, bird friendly plants and trees will be available for purchase.

Volunteers will staff the festival. Those interested in helping or anyone with further questions should contact the festival’s chair, Sarah Michael, at skmichael@hotmail.com or (513) 523-3129.

Bird Festival Program

Activities 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Booth activities for children and adults (see site map for locations and detail)
  • Audubon Miami Valley Plant Sale
  • AMV Art Contest Winners’ Show in Hueston Room (Park Office Building)
  • Food concession
  • Free raffles for children & adults
  • Speaker Schedule

Speaker Schedule 
Behind the raptor enclosure:

  • 11 a.m. Chad Smith, Park naturalist
  • Š 1 p.m. Fred Shaw, Shawnee storyteller
  • Š 2 p.m. Jim Williams, Naturalist

In the Hueston Room (Park Office Building):

  • Š 3 p.m. KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Cory Christopher, Cincinnati Zoo

Music

  • Š 9 – 11 a.m. Dan Spencer
  • Š 1 – 2 p.m. Ben Mattox


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