2019 Opening Reception

Friday, January 18 - 5:00-6:30pm
For Bird Festival Registrants

Enjoy wine and cheese and meet fellow birders in the Bird Festival Bazaar area. Browse through the vendor booths featuring binoculars and scopes, books and CDs, garden art, watercolors and nature photography, wood carvings, jewelry, clothing and more!

In 2018: George Armistead

Saturday, January 13, 7:00-8:30pm

"My Ornithologist": The Unique Life of the Birder

Being a birder is hard work. Sure, we see lots of beautiful things, many amazing places and are afforded a unique perspective through our favorite past-time. But as birders we are also the subject of curiosity and bewilderment among much of the rest of society. And when people ask us what we like about birding we struggle to answer, because really what's not to like? George will explore the idea of being a birder in a largely non-birding world, and discuss the unique space our subculture occupies within American society.

In 2018: David Pereksta

Sunday, January 14,  7:00-8:30pm

Drawn to the Sea: The Lives of Seabirds and Those that Pursue Them

While the majority of the earth is covered by oceans, the lives of the birds that inhabit those waters still hold a number of mysteries that science is only just starting to unravel. Many seabirds come ashore only to breed and then spend the majority of their lives ranging around the world’s oceans; some of which travel incredible distances during foraging trips and migratory movements. Remote breeding locations and unpredictable distributions at sea make seabirds a challenge for birders to find without investing significant time and travel to get to the places where these enigmatic birds live. If your goal is to have a competitively large life list, it is tough to do so without spending a lot of time on boats pursuing seabirds.