Ohio Valley Birding Festival Kicks Off This Weekend at Audubon State Park

Ohio Valley Birding Festival

Saturday, April 18

Field trips and Big Day activities April 24-26

John James Audubon State Park

Hikes and activities for all ages and all levels of interest on birds, birding, and bird habitats. This festival is presented by John James Audubon State Park and Evansville Audubon Society. Visit www.ohiovalleybirdingfestival.org for complete descriptions and activity details.

Activities held at John James Audubon State Park:

Birding the Audubon Wetlands Saturday, April 18 8:00 a.m. —10 a.m. Pre-registration required.

Registration: Julie McDonald at (270) 826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov

· Audubon’s Bird Migration Walk Saturday, April 18 8:30 a.m. —10 a.m. Depart from Audubon Museum. Species spotted on these hikes include: Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-throated Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher, Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Indigo Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, and White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireo.

· Owl Pellets Saturday, April 18 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Audubon Museum, Owls hunt for many different types of prey. Discover what critters these nocturnal hunters seek out by dissecting a sterilized owl pellet.

· Hands-on Bird Banding Workshop Saturday, April 18 11:30-12:30 p.m. Audubon Museum, Come and help us with an ongoing conservation project as we catch, identify, band, and release birds. This is a great opportunity for spotting early migratory birds and connecting with nature, so brings a camera!

· Top 10 Common Backyard Birds Bird watching can take place almost anywhere…even your own backyard. This easy and popular nature activity takes virtually no equipment but keeps people glued to their own backyard reality show. Join Naturalist, Julie McDonald in this indoor program on the most commonly encountered backyard birds and how to attract them. Afterwards people can view the local bird residents of John James Audubon State Park in the Observation Room

· Explore Raptors Saturday, April 18 2:00-3:00 p.m. Audubon Museum, Using live birds, participants will learn the characteristics of birds of prey, their role in the ecosystem, and how interactions with humans have impacted these majestic creatures.

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