2016 HAGERMAN VALLEY BIRD FESTIVAL, FEBRUARY 12-14, 2016
HELD THIS COMING WEEKEND!
Once again, Hagerman will host birders in celebration of the many bird species who spend the winter in spring-fed Hagerman Valley. Numerous bald eagles, great blue herons, trumpeter and tundra swans, snow geese, egrets, thousands of ducks and geese may be seen on the open water and ponds of the Hagerman Valley in the winter. Eighty three species were sighted at the Festival in 2014.
Two of the nine workshops offered will be: “Birding by Ear” by Karl Ruprecht and “Sparrow Identification” by Austin Young. The next day field trips at private Billingsley Bay Ranch and Billingsley Creek/Norwood Access will allow participants to apply that knowledge in the field. Bryce Robinson researches gyrfalcons and is the author of an article featured in the January edition of Audubon magazine. He will be presenting a workshop on raptor identification, and on the following day leads a field trip at Malad Gorge State Park focusing on wintering raptors. These superb field trips are just a sampling of the 27 spectacular expert led trips, where participants will not only improve birding skills, but be awed by the beauty of the Hagerman Valley.
On Friday night well-known Idaho birder, Kathleen Cameron, presents two screenings: “The Beauty and Intriguing Behavior of Birds” and “Seasons of Wings”. On Saturday night, Matt Podolsky, president of Boise based Wild Lens, will present his film “The Bluebird Man”.
The cost is $80 per person and includes all Festival activities and buffet on Saturday night. Two Riverboat Excursions, with limited seating are also offered for an extra $30. The full schedule and registration is available at http://www.hagermanbirdfestival.com. Pre-registration is required and closes on February 10th.
For more information: http://www.facebook.com/HagermanBirdFestival or call 208-352-3175.