Fairchild's Bird Festival

Monday, August 20, 2012

Join us October 6 and 7, 2012 for a weekend of bird filled fun at Fairchild’s Bird Festival! Lifelong “birders” and bird novices alike are invited to celebrate the incredible variety of birds that visit the South Florida region. The weekend’s events include guided bird walks with an expert “birder,” and bird-related lectures and presentations, as well as an array of bird attracting plants for your backyard, kid’s activities and much more!

A highlight of the weekend’s events is the Festival’s keynote speaker, Pete Dunne, founder of the World Series of Birding and a regular columnist in a variety of birding publications. His lecture topic, “Small-Headed Flycatcher: Seen Yesterday. He Didn’t Leave His Name,” discusses an encounter Dunne once had with a flying friend. He is a well known author and co-author of numerous books about birds and birding, including Hawks in Flight, Pete Dunne on Birding, Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion and The Art of Phishing. Best known for his skills as a hawk watcher, he is equally fascinated by shorebirds and songbirds. Mr. Dunne has been leading workshops and tours for nearly 30 years and delights in sharing his knowledge of and passion for birds with others.

View the full weekend schedule.  

Don’t miss out on the preceding events to the weekend! On Thursday and Friday, October 4 and 5, Fairchild will offer Half and Full Day Birding Tours at off-site locations around the South Florida Community. For field trip information and prices or to register, please contact Natalie White Bernal at 305.663.8091 or nwhite@fairchildgarden.org.  

About Fairchild’s South Florida Birding Festival

Fairchild’s South Florida Birding Festival is made possible with the generous support of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program. 

Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up, $12 for children 6 to 17, and free for children 5 and under. Enjoy our Eco-discount! Receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children if you walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation to Fairchild. 

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. Considered the greatest tropical botanic garden in the world, Fairchild exhibits some of the tropical world‘s rarest and most beautiful plants within the tapestry of an iconic landscape design. Fairchild is a one of the world‘s best science, conservation and education-based gardens and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. It has conservation programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the best collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. It is also home to the American Orchid Society. The Fairchild Challenge is the largest science-based education program in the U.S. reaching more than 150,000 schoolchildren. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an internationally acclaimed Art Program, GardenMusic Festival, concerts, plant shows and sales, and evening events and is the cultural and community hub in South Florida. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members and over 1,200 volunteers.

Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.