Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Upcoming Fall Events

  Fall is my favorite time of the year. The air is cooler, the leaves are changing and migrating birds are on the move again. There’s lots going on this time of year especially if you love being outdoors. It’s also a great time to catch an event or fall festival in your area. There are several in my area related to birding in some way, shape or form that I’m hoping to attend, and hopefully some of you will too.

Currituck Wildlife Festival

First is the 2010 Currituck Wildlife Festival. It’s this weekend – September 11 & 12th. This event host Local and National Decoy Carvers, Wildlife Painters and Exhibitors, Antique Decoy Collections, and more. The event is located at the Currituck County High School in Barco, NC. I’ve participated in this event in prior years so I can say with confidence that it's a great show. Some of the most talented artist on the east coast are a part of this event.


Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival

Another event taken place in October is the 18th Annual Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival.


The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a rest stop for many migrating birds, and offers some of the best birding around. You can register and get more information about this event from their website.


Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival

One event that I’m definitely attending this fall is the 14th Annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

"Annually in November, all the stops are pulled out for folks who come from across the country to participate in the Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival. The six day event celebrates the natural wonders of the area and offers many opportunities to explore and discover the richness of the regions environment."

And if it couldn't get any better, Bill Thompson, III, editor of Bird Watcher's Digest, is this years keynote speaker. Check out their website above to get a listing of events and details on registering.


Virginia Wildlife Photography Contest

Camera_clipart  If you’re a Virginia photographer or happen to have some great photos you've taken in Virginia, you may want to enter them in the 2010 Virginia Wildlife Photography Contest. Deadline for entry is November 2nd. Lots of categories and prizes! Check out the link above for more info.


Another big event this fall was recently brought to my attention by a reader asking me to help spread the word – so I will...

Fall Bird Walks Led by Experts from
the American Museum of Natural History

Fall Bird Walks in Central Park
Robin  Observe more than 50 different species of birds—including resident and migrant birds, water birds, song birds, and birds of prey— during this eight-week bird-watching adventure in Central Park. Join naturalists Stephen C. Quinn (Tuesdays and Fridays), Joseph DiCostanzo (Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7 am), and Harold Feinberg (Thursdays, 9 am) on tours through the park, one of the premier places locally to watch birds during spring and fall migrations. Participants will learn how to use field marks, habitat, behavior, and song as aids in identification. Interested birders, from beginners to the advanced, are invited.

WHEN:  Eight Tuesdays: Sept 7–Oct 26, 7–9 am
Eight Wednesdays: Sept 8–Oct 27, 7–9 am
Eight Thursdays: Sept 9–Oct 28, 7–9 am
Eight Thursdays: Sept 9–Oct 28, 9–11 am
Eight Fridays: Sept 10–Oct 29, 7–9 am

WHERE:  Walks start across from the Museum on the northeast corner of Central Park West and 77th Street.



FOLLOW:  Find the Museum on Facebook at <> or visit <> to follow us on Twitter.

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