2018 Festival of the Birds
Festival dates: May 18, 19, and 20, 2018
Dr. J. Drew Lanham is a birder, naturalist, and hunter-conservationist. He is a Clemson University Master Teacher and Alumni Distinguished Professor in wildlife ecology, with research interests in songbird ecology and conservation; integration of game and nongame wildlife management; the African American land ethic and its role in natural resources conservation.
He has published essays and poetry in publications including Orion, Flycatcher, and Wilderness, and in several anthologies, including The Colors of Nature, State of the Heart, Bartram's Living Legacy, and Carolina Writers at Home, among others. His book of poetry, Sparrow Envy and memoir, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature were published in 2016.
Ornitherapy --Confessions of a Lapsed Lister and a Life Saved by Birds
Dr. Lanham will present a melded watercolor talk of natural history, travelogue adventure and social commentary that evokes emotions running the gamut from introspection to inspiration. His talk will build upon his experiences as an ornithologist, birder, hunter-conservationist and poet-author who’s wrapped in a different skin. The talk takes up where his award-winning book The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature left off. A feather-centric migration through the special places and connections with special people will be the focus of Lanham’s talk which will excite and incite with nature as the stage for a life lived in a pursuit of birds.
Fun Festival Reception with live music by Frank Singer, good food and great friends!
Bird Tally, Dinner and Keynote Address.
Dr. J. Drew Lanham
Ornitherapy - Confessions of a Lapsed Lister and a Life Saved by Birds
Casual Pizza Party Lunch & Final Bird Tally
Saturday: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
Field Trips to Presque Isle's Hottest Birding Spots.
12 - 15 people per trip.
Trips leaving simultaneously
from 6 am - 9 am.
Each trip will visit multiple locations throughout the park.
Red Headed Woodpecker
Kal Darres - Petra
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Mary Birdsong & Mike Plyler
The Quinn Law Firm
Wild Birds Unlimited-Erie
What to Bring:
Be sure to bring comfortable shoes or boots for walking and any birding gear you desire. The average high temperature in Erie in May is 56 and temperatures at Presque Isle are often lower than on the mainland. Be prepared for cold & rainy weather. Presque Isle is home to deer ticks so you may want to bring insect repellent and plan to tuck your pants into your socks when using the trails on the park.
Map, Guide, Lodging:
For lodging information check out www.visiteriepa.com
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