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Bird Festival at Fairchild
Bird Festival at Fairchild

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

In partnership with Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) .

Graduate Symposium for Bird Research Information

Birding Tours

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 (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 (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 (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 (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!

Click here for more information on birding tours and to register!

Festival Activities
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.


7:30 a.m.              Bird Walk, begins at Visitor Center 
9:00 a.m.              76th Annual Member’s Day Plant SalePalmetum
10:30 a.m.            On the Origin of Species on Islands: Insights from Solomon Island Flycatchers &
                               Darwin's Finches, Garden House J. Albert C. Uy, Ph.D., University of Miami
11:30 a.m.            Bird Festival Lecture, Garden House
                               Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Ph.D., James A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker
                               Award-winning researcher and conservation ecologist
1:00 p.m.              Not your Grandmother's Audubon, Garden House
                               James CurrieJames A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker
                               Birding expert and television host                    
3:00 p.m.              Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens-The Birds of Fairchild,Garden 
                               James A. Kushlan, Ph.D. and Kirsten Hines
4:00 p.m.              Bird Walk, begins at Tropical Audubon Society Booth on Garden House Lawn


7:30 a.m.               Bird Walk, begins at Visitor Center 
10:30 a.m.             Plants that Attract Birds, Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden,
                                Garden House, Glenn Huberman, Fairchild
11:30 a.m.             Not your Grandmother's Audubon, Garden House
                                James CurrieJames A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker
1:00 p.m.               Bird Festival Lecture, Garden House
Cagan H. Sekercioglu, Ph.D., James A. Kushlan Keynote Speaker
3:00 p.m.               Birds of the Brazilian AmazonGarden House
Carlos Sanchez, EcoAvian Tours, Tropical Audubon Society
4:00 p.m.               Bird Walk, begins at Tropical Audubon Society Booth on Garden House Lawn

James Currie  

cagan                                  Dr. Cagan H. Sekercioglu

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

Kids’ Activities

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.

2:30 p.m.             Kids Bird Walk, begins at Learning Garden Chickee Hut
                              Saturday and Sunday

Birds of South Florida Digital Photo Contest

Calling all 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 top 20 photographs will be displayed digitally throughout the Garden and on our Facebook Page!


Birds from the Rainforest

Location: Rainforest Plaza
Starting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Rainforest Plaza, learn about Neotropical birds’ natural history in a rainforest setting and get an up close look at macaws and parrots from ZooMiami.

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.

Feathered Friends

Location: Garden House Loggia
Saturday, engage with owls and raptors from the Falcon Batchelor Bird of Prey Center on the Garden House loggia.

Adopt a Fairchild Bird

Adopt a Red-shouldered Hawk, an Anhinga or an Ibis today and support Fairchild.
Find out more information.

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Travel 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. 

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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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