2017 Festival of the Birds
Festival dates: May 5, 6, and 7, 2017
Author and naturalist Scott Weidensaul has written more than two dozen books on natural history, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; The Ghost with Trembling Wings, about the search for species that may or may not be extinct; and Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. His latest birding book is His latest book is the Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean, which was published in 2015.
In addition to writing about wildlife, Weidensaul is an active field researcher whose work focuses on bird migration. He is a co-director of Project Owlnet, a collaborative effort among nearly 125 banding and research stations across North America studying owl migration, and is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, which uses cutting-edge tracking technology to study snowy owls.
Scott Weidensaul will share the story of Project SNOWstorm – how a huge, collaborative research effort focused on snowy owls came together in a few frantic weeks, funded with the help of people from around the world, and continues to make discoveries and unexpected insights into the life and ecology of this great white raptor.
Fun Festival Reception with live music by Frank Singer, good food and great friends!
Bird Tally, Dinner and Keynote Address.
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.
Great Blue Heron
Tom Ridge Environmental Center Foundation
Red Headed Woodpecker
Black-throated Blue Warbler
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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