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Bird Festival at Fairchild
Bird Festival at Fairchild

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When: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - Sunday, October 13, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

In partnership with Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) .

This year’s Bird Festival kicks off with birding field trips to South Florida bird habitats. All field trips are led by Tropical Audubon Society experts and registration includes a Bird Festival tote bag. Field trip days and locations include: Thursday October 10 a full-day tour of Miami Exotics led by Paul Bithorn and a half-day tour to AD Barnes Park led by Brian Rapoza. Friday October 11offers a full-day tour of Curry Hammock Start Park led by Rafael Galvez and Brian Rapoza and a half-day tour of Bill Baggs Cape Florida Park  FULL led by David La Puma. Full-day tours are $50/non-member and $40/member; half-day tours are $30/non-member and $20/member. 2013 Bird Festival Off-Site Tours Registration Form

The festival continues on Saturday October12 and Sunday October 13 with full days of activities for birders of all ages including, presentations by bird experts, bird walks, bird attracting plants and vendors and educational activities for the whole family.


The James A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker of the Bird Festival will be Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, the flagship publication of the American Birding Association. He is also an instructor with the Institute for Field Ornithology,and a frequent speaker at bird festivals and other birding events.  Floyd is the author of several books and more than a hundred articles on birds and other aspects of natural history.  He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife Kei, daughter Hannah, and son Andrew. 

Saturday, Ted Floyd presents My Favorite Bird.  The title of the presentation sounds simple enough.  But Ted Floyd's keynote address will explore such matters as science, self-concept, and the meaning of life!  Get ready for a lively and quirky investigation of why certain birds are our favorites-and why our favorite birds say a lot about ourselves.

Sunday, Ted Floyd will discuss Warbler Identification.  Warblers are the quintessential North American birds.  Each spring, we are dazzled by their bright colors, and we marvel at their lengthy migrations.  But warblers can pose identification challenges-especially in the fall.  In this interactive and entertaining presentation, Ted Floyd encourages us to begin anew with warbler migration.  We'll learn to approach bird identification in a whole new way.


Indoor Lectures, Corbin Classroom A
11:00 a.m.    Using Doppler Radar to Predict Birding Conditions in your 
                        Neck of the Woods
                        David La Puma, Leica Sports Optics

12:00 p.m.     Migration Monitoring is Fun and Priceless
                        Rafael Galvez, Florida Keys Hawkwatch and Tropical Audubon Society

  1:00 p.m.     James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture: My Favorite Bird
                        Ted Floyd, Birding

  3:00 p.m.     Birds in your Backyard and Beyond
                        Joe Barros, Tropical Audubon Society 

  Outdoor Lectures, South Florida Butterfly Garden Tent
11:30 a.m.     Attracting Hummingbirds and other birds to your Garden
                        Glenn Huberman, FTBG


Indoor Lectures, Corbin Classroom A
11:00 a.m.     Meet the Parrots
                         Paul Bithorn, Tropical Audubon Society

12:00 p.m.     Knowing Bird Behavior-A Key to Quick Identification
                        Paddy Cunningham Pascatore, FL Ambassador-ABA 

  1:00 p.m.     James A. Kushlan Keynote Lecture: Warbler identification
                        Ted Floyd, Birding

  3:00 p.m.     Birds in your Backyard and Beyond
                        Joe Barros, Tropical Audubon Society 

Outdoor Lectures, South Florida Butterfly Garden Tent
10:30 a.m.      Your spotting scope as a camera lens: Digiscoping in the 
                          21st century
                          David La Puma, Leica Sports Optics

11:30 a.m.     Attracting Hummingbirds and other birds to your Garden
                         Glenn Huberman, FTBG

  1:30 p.m.     Birds of Fairchild
                        Jose Hidalgo, FTBG

“Big Sit!” at Fairchild

“Big Sit!” Migration Big Day for Everyone – All day Saturday October 12th on the Garden House Lawn. The “Big Sit!” is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event. Birdwatchers from around the globe will unite on this special day by counting as many bird species as possible from their designated location. Some have called it a "tailgate party for birders." Join us at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch / Tropical Audubon tent all day to take part in this fun conservation event – Fairchild’s own “Big Sit!”

Bird Walks

Join birding experts from the Tropical Audubon Society both days of the festival and discover what birds have made it to  Fairchild during the fall migration and which birds inhabit the arden year round.

  7:30 a.m.     Begins at the Visitor's Center
11:30 a.m.     Children's Walk, Begins at the Chickee Hut near Kidway
  2:30 p.m.     Children's Walk, Begins at the Chickee Hut near Kidway
  4:00 p.m.     Begins at the South Florida Butterfly Garden Tent

Take flight and learn about the challenges birds face each year on the migration, the adaptations that help birds feed and other hands-on activities designed to educate kids of all ages about our favorite winged creatures. 

Miami City Ballet Special Performance 

Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bailey Palm Glade, enjoy a live performance of Serenade by Miami City Ballet. Their first-ever performance at Fairchild features three movements danced without interruption, set against Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra. Discounted tickets to upcoming performances are available for Bird Festival attendees.”

Sunday Sounds at Fairchild

Sunday at 1:00 p.m., enjoy live music performed by students of University of Miami's Frost School of Music at the Glasshouse Cafe. 

Photo Contest

Calling all photographers! We invite you to submit your photographs of Birds of South Florida. A total of 20 photographs will be selected to be displayed during the festival on-line and throughout the garden. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden Membership will be awarded to the photographers whose work is chosen for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

2013 Guidelines and Registration Photo Contest Form

Make sure to stop by the Glasshouse Cafe to view the 2013 Bird Festival top 20 finalists! Cast your vote for your Fan Favorite during the festival on our Facebook Page!

Adopt a Fairchild Bird

Adopt a Red-shouldered Hawk, an Anhinga or an Ibis today and support Fairchild.
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Bird Festival at Fairchild is made possible with the generous support of the James A. Kushlan Bird Conservation Program. 

Thank you to our sponsor:

 Admission: Free for Fairchild Members and children 5 and under.

Non-members: $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and up and $12 for children 6-17. 

Eco-discount: If you walk, ride your bike or take public transportation to Fairchild, receive $5 off admission for adults and $2 off admission for children. Members, remember to bring your Rewards Card to earn your gift passes! 

Military Discount: We are pleased to offer active military personnel free admission. In addition, admission for spouses is $20 and children $10. Please present Military IDs.

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