5th Annual Fairchild Bird Festival

5th Annual Fairchild Bird Festival

When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 9:30 AM to Sunday, October 5, 2014 4:30 PM

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Want to learn about South Florida's birds? Interested in becoming a birder? Or just want to start identifying our feathered friends? Then come to Fairchild's Bird Festival. There are activities for birders of all ages including presentations by bird experts, bird walks, an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit, a sale of bird-attracting plants and birding merchandise, and educational activities for the whole family. Presented in partnership with Tropical Audubon Society (TAS)

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Want to learn about South Florida's birds? Interested in becoming a birder? Or just want to start identifying our feathered friends? Then come to Fairchild's Bird Festival. 

This year's event kicks off on October 2 with two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues October 4-5 at Fairchild with activities for birders of all ages, including presentations by bird experts, bird walks and an amateur bird photo contest and exhibit. You will be able to purchase bird-attracting plants and birding merchandise and enjoy educational activities for the entire family. The 76th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale is also taking place, making it a uniquely special weekend of plants, birds and learning fun. 

Download a program of the festival events here!

Bird Festival at Fairchild admission is included with Garden admission. $25 for non members and free for Fairchild Members. Tickets for non members can be purchased the day of the festival or pre-purchased below.  


Tours of South Florida Bird Habitats

Thursday, October 2

Tour of A.D. Barnes Park (Half-Day) 
Join Brian Rapoza and explore this urban migrant hotspot where nearly 40 warbler species have been recorded. Expect neotropical migrant songbirds; resident exotics including Hill Myna, Spot-breasted Oriole and parrots are also possible.

Departs from Fairchild's Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m.
Member: $30.00; Non-Member: $40.00
Click here to register

Miami Exotics (Full-Day) 
Paul Bithorn and Carlos Sanchez lead this search for birds introduced to South Florida, including Purple Swamphen, Common and Hill Myna, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole and over a dozen parrot species.

Departs from Fairchild's Vistor Center at 7:30 a.m.
Member: $50.00; Non-Member: $60.00
Click here to register

Friday, October 3

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (Half-Day) 
Brian Rapoza leads the walk through restored coastal habitats at the southern end of Key Biscayne. The tour will include a visit to Cape Florida's bird banding station. Expect raptors and neotropical migrant songbirds; the park's bird list also includes an impressive selection of Caribbean rarities, so anything is possible!

Departs from Fairchild's Visitor's Center at 7:30 a.m.
Member: $30.00; Non-Member: $40.00
Click here to register  SOLD OUT

Curry Hammock State Park (Full-Day) 

Join Carlos Sanchez and Florida Keys Hawkwatch director Rafael Galvez as the hawkwatch team tallies hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures migrating south through Florida's Keys. More than 20 species of raptors have been recorded at the hawkwatch site, including the highest Peregrine Falcon counts in North America!

Departs from Fairchild's Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m.
Member: $50.00; Non-Member: $60.00
Click here to register  SOLD OUT

Bird Festival at Fairchild

The Bird Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, with full days of activities for birders of all ages including presentations by bird experts, bird walks, an amateur bird photo contest display, bird-attracting plants and vendors, and educational activities for the whole family

Saturday, October 4

7:30 a.m. Bird Walk
Departs from Visitor Center

9:00 a.m. 76th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale
Palmetum
Taking place in conjunction with the Bird Festival is the 76th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale.

10:30 a.m. Lecture by J. Albert C. Uy, Ph.D., University of Miami
Garden House
On the Origins of Species on Islands: Insights from Solomon Island Flycatchers & Darwin's Finches

11:30 a.m. James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture by Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Ph.D.
Garden House
Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography of the World's Birds

1:00 p.m. James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture by James Currie
Garden House
Not Your Grandmother's Audubon

2:30 p.m. Kids Bird Walk
Departs from the Learning Garden Chickee Hut

3:00 p.m. Lecture by James A. Kushlan, Ph.D. and Kirsten Hines
Garden House
Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens: The Birds of Fairchild

4:00 p.m. Bird Walk
Departs from the Tropical Audubon Society booth on the Garden House Lawn

Sunday, October 5

7:30 a.m. Bird Walk
Departs from the Visitor Center

10:30 a.m. Lecture by Glenn Huberman, Fairchild
Garden House
Plants that Attract Birds, Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

11:30 a.m. James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture by James Currie
Garden House
Not Your Grandmother's Audubon

1:00 p.m. James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture by Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Ph.D.
Garden House
Macroecology and Conservation Biogeography of the World's Birds

2:30 p.m. Kids Bird Walk
Departs from the Learning Garden Chickee Hut

3:00 p.m. Lecture by Carlos Sanchez, EcoAvian Tours, Tropical Audubon Society
Garden House 
Birds of the Brazilian Amazon

4:00 p.m. Bird Walk
Departs from the Tropical Audubon Society booth on the Garden House Lawn

Birding activities during the weekend

For Kids!
Location: Learning Garden Chickee Hut
Take flight and learn about the challenges birds face each year during their migration, the adaptations that help birds feed, and other hands-on activities designed to educate kids of all ages about our favorite winged creatures.

Birds of the Rainforest
Location: Simons Rainforest
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Rainforest Plaza, learn about Neotropical birds’ natural history and get an up close look at macaws and parrots courtesy of ZooMiami.

Wading Birds of Fairchild
Location: Amphitheater Land-bridge Station
Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, discover the aquatic and semi-aquatic birds that call Fairchild home. Volunteers will assist visitors with spotting scopes and binoculars and help identify these South Florida residents around our lakes.

Feathered Friends
Location: Garden House Loggia
Saturday, engage with owls and raptors courtesy of the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center and experience the wonder of these majestic birds.

Photo Contest: Birds of South Florida
Calling all amateur photographers! We invite you to submit your photographs of Birds of South Florida. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a Fairchild Family Membership. The contest has ended, thank you for your wonderful entries! The top 20 photographs will be displayed digitally throughout the Garden and on our Facebook Page during the festival. 

The 2014 Fairchild Bird Festival James A. Kushlan Keynote Speakers

Each year, as part of the Fairchild Bird Festival, avian experts are invited to present the keynote address. This year, the James A. Kushlan Keynote speakers are birding expert and television host James Currie and award-winning researcher and conservation ecologist Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu. Previous keynote speakers include Ted Floyd, Pete Dunne, David Sibley, John Fitzpatrick and Larry Manfredi. Congratulations to Mr. Currie and Dr. Sekercioglu on this distinction.

James Currie
Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu

Purchase the Birds of Fairchild book today

We are pleased to announce the new Birds of Fairchild book during the Fairchild Bird Festival by renowned avian expert and author, James Kushlan. Photographed beautifully by Kirsten Hines, the book is a comprehensive guide to the birds of South Florida with specific references to those birds you can find at Fairchild. The book features a detailed map of the Kushlan Bird Trail at Fairchild as well as practical information to make spotting our resident birds easily. As an added treat, be sure to have Jim and Kirsten sign your copy during the weekend. We will have books for sale during the Bird Festival or you can pre-order your copy here

Travel information

The Bird Festival takes place at Fairchild, located in Coral Gables, Florida, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Sonesta Coconut GroveThe Biltmore Hotel and the Miami Marriott Dadeland

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The Fairchild Bird Festival is made possible by the generous support of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program at Fairchild. 

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