When: Thursday, October 2, 2014 - Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
In partnership with Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) .
This year’s Bird Festival kicks off with birding tours of South Florida bird habitats on Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3. All birding tours are led by Tropical Audubon Society experts.
• A.D. Barnes Park (Thursday, Half Day) Join Brian Rapoza as you explore this urban migrant hotspot where nearly forty warbler species have been recorded. Expect neotropical migrant songbirds; resident exotics including Hill Myna, Spot-breasted Oriole and parrots are also possible.
• Miami Exotics (Thursday, 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.
• Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (Friday, 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!
• Curry Hammock State Park (Friday, 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. Over twenty species of raptors have been recorded at the hawkwatch site, including the highest Peregrine Falcon counts in North America!
The festival continues on Saturday October 4 and Sunday October 5 with full days of activities for birders of all ages including, presentations by bird experts, bird walks, amateur bird photo contest display, bird attracting plants and vendors and educational activities for the whole family.
The James A. Kushlan Keynote Speakers of the 2014 Bird Festival will be birding expert and television host James Currie and award-winning researcher and conservation ecologist Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu.
A life-long wildlife enthusiast and native of South Africa, James Currie is fast-becoming one of the most recognizable faces in birding and wildlife in North America. James hosts the popular birding TV show, Nikon’s Birding Adventures, now in its 6th season. He also hosted the popular action-birding show “Aerial Assassins” on National Geographic WILD, aired in the United States and worldwide in 2012. He has led professional wildlife and birding tours for over 15 years and his passion for birding, adventure and remote cultures has taken him to nearly every corner of the globe. James has appeared as a special guest on various TV shows and radio, including Martha Stewart Radio, and has been the subject of several newspaper articles. James filmed for, consulted for and provided footage for the 2011 Hollywood birding movie, “The Big Year”, starring Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson.
Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu has combined rigorous ornithology, conservation ecology and tropical biology research worldwide with community based conservation projects in his native Turkey. Dr. Sekercioglu succeeded in getting eastern Turkey's first Ramsar wetland declared, created Turkey's first bird-nesting island and led the creation of Turkey's first wildlife corridor. Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu achievements in ecological research and community based conservation have been commended by Turkey's president Abdullah Gul, various ministers of state, the Whitley Foundation and princess Anne in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology's Board of Governors, Fellow International of the Explorers Club, and Elective Member of the American Ornithologists Union. His research and conservation efforts have been covered by the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Nature, Newsweek, New York Times, Science and The New Yorker. Sekercioglu’s three books and over 60 scientific publications have received more than 2100 citations since 2002 (he is among the most cited 1% of the world's scientists of the past decade).
Calling all photographers! We invite you to submit your photographs of Birds of South Florida. Click here for the 2014 Guidelines and Registration Photo Contest Form.
Birds from the Rainforest
Location: Rainforest Plaza
Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, learn about Neotropical birds’ natural history in a rainforest setting.
Wading Birds of Fairchild
Location: Amphitheater Land-bridge Station
Starting 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.
Adopt a Red-shouldered Hawk, an Anhinga or an Ibis today and support Fairchild.
Find out more information.
The Bird Festival is located in Coral Gables, FL, about 10 miles south of Miami International Airport, detailed driving directions can be found here. Nearby hotels include Sonesta Coconut Grove, The Biltmore Hotel, and the Miami Marriott Dadeland.
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.