7th Annual Bird Festival

7th Annual Bird Festival

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 9:30 AM to Sunday, October 2, 2016 4:30 PM

Bird Festival at Fairchild

Whether you are an experienced birder or just want to get in on the action as a beginner, the 7th Annual Bird Festival at Fairchild is for you.

Learn to identify birds, about birding hotspots, and the rich avifauna found right here in the Garden. Vendors and expert advice will be on hand to help you become an expert birder as well as to help you make your own yard into a bird and wildlife paradise.

View the full program here!


Go Birding!

The Bird Festival kicks off with two days of off-site tours of South Florida bird habitats led by Tropical Audubon Society experts. The Bird Festival then continues 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 78th Annual Members' Day Plant Sale is held in conjunction with the festival, making it a uniquely special weekend of plants, birds and learning fun.

Bird Festival Digital Photo Contests

Calling all photographers! Enter a photograph for a chance to have your photos used in Fairchild marketing materials for next year’s event, displayed throughout the Garden and to win an annual Membership!

Photos must follow the theme of the Birds of South Florida. To submit a photo, tag Fairchild on Instagram and use the hashtag #FTBGBirdPics2016 or submit your photo via email to bird@fairchildgarden.org and we’ll upload it for you. 

Are you budding amateur photographer? You can submit a photo, too! To submit a photo, tag Fairchild on Instagram and use the hashtag #FTBGKidsBirdPics2016 or submit your photo via email to littlebird@fairchildgarden.org and we’ll upload it for you! 

Click here for more information and the official contest rules! 

Pre Event Field Trips

Thursday September 29

Miami Exotics (Thursday-Full Day Van) - Join Tropical Audubon Society leaders as they search for birds introduced to South Florida such as Egyptian goose, gray-headed swamphen, common and hill myna, red-whiskered bulbul, spot-breasted oriole, scaly-breasted munia and over a dozen species of parrots, parakeets and macaws, including the spectacular blue-and-yellow macaw.
Meet at the Shop at Fairchild at 7:00 a.m., vans leave at 7:30 a.m. 

Field trip registration is closed. 

Friday September 30

Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park (Friday-Full Day Van) -Join a Tropical Audubon Society leader and the Florida Keys Hawkwatch team as they tally 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! A variety of waterbirds and neotropic migrant songbirds are also likely during the tour.
Meet at the Shop at Fairchild at 7:00 a.m., vans leave at 7:30 a.m. 

Field trip registration is closed. 

Share the bird love #FairchidBirding!

Be sure to share the fun you're having by posting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook #Fairchild Birding #Fairchild. Why not even Periscope while you're here?  And, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Admission Pricing

The Bird Festival is included with the price of admission to the Garden. 

Free for Fairchild Members
Adults: $25
Seniors (age 65 and up): $18
Children (ages 6-17): $12
Free for children 5 and younger

Join today and save on the ticket price!

Become a Fairchild Member now to enjoy free admission to the Bird Festival and so many other benefits!

Become a Fairchild Member Now!

Convert your admission toward a Fairchild Membership during the event

We're sure you'll enjoy your the Bird Festival and your visit to the Garden, so we've made it easy for you to apply the price of your admission toward a membership on the day of your visit. Any of our friendly admission personnel can assist you during your visit. Click here to learn about becoming a member.

There's plenty to do at the Bird Festival!

Lectures by expert naturalists, conservationists and birders, food, entertainment, guided bird watching both in the Garden and elsewhere—as the event nears, check back for a full itinerary of each day's events.

Saturday October 1

7:30 a.m. 
Morning Bird Walk - departs from the Visitor Center 
Lead by Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society 
10:30 a.m.
Lecture, Garden House
More than Pelicans - A Look at 36 Years of Data 
Carla Zepeda, Rescue and Release Coordinator, Pelican Harbor 
11:30 a.m.
Lecture, Garden House 
Florida's Wild Macaws
Daria Feinstein, Local Birder 
12:00 p.m. 
Critter Walk, departs from the KidWay tent 
Explore the Garden and hunt for our favorites creatures and critters.
Be on the look out for birds! 
Lead by Glen Huberman, Fairchild Volunteer 
1:00 p.m. 
Panel Discussion, Garden House 
Engage with local birding experts on current trends, sightings
and conservation.
Robin Diaz, Birding Expert, Elsa Alvear, Chief of Resource Management, Biscayne National Park,
Paddy Cunningham, Naturalist, Teacher and Coordinator of the Everglades Birding Festival  Moderated by: Kirsten Hines, Birding Expert, Photographer and Author 3:00 pm 
Lecture, Garden House 
Birding by Season: Right Time, Right Place, Right Bird
Paddy Cunningham, Biologist and Expert Guide
4:00 p.m. 
Afternoon Bird Walk - departs from the Garden House 
Lead by: Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society 

Sunday October 2

7:30 am  Morning Bird Walk - departs from the Visitor Center  Lead by Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society 
10:00 am 
Lecture, Garden House 
Birding 101
Brian Rapoza, Author and Tropical Audubon Society Expert Guide 
11:00 am
Lecture, Garden House 
How Pough's Prose and Don's Drawings Beat Elliot's Key
Steve Seigel, Local Birder 
1:00 pm 
Lecture, Garden House 
Gardening for Birds in South Florida
 Jim Kushlan and Kirsten Hines, Authors and Birding Experts
3:00 p.m. 
Afternoon Bird Walk, departs from Garden House 
Lead by: Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society 

All weekend

Engage with Fairchild educators and learn about migration, encouraging wildlife at home and get a glimpse of the wings of various birds and see how your own wingspan measures compared to the birds! And, don't miss the Critter Walk on Saturday at 12:00 pm, starting from KidWay! 


Food Vendors
Native Conch, Vibe 305

Garden Vendors
BirdsSquirrelsN.com, Casey's Corner Nursery, Keez Beez LLC, Leica Store MiamiThe Plant Exploration SocietyWaldo's Wood Works

Bird Lovers Club of Pembroke PinesBiscayne Nature CenterDade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Everglades National Park, Pelican Harbor Seabird StationTropical Audubon Society, Wildlife Rescue of Dade CountyZoo Miami Foundation

Purchase the Birds of Fairchild book today:

Written by renowned avian expert and author, James Kushlan and photographed beautifully by Kirsten Hines, this 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. You can order your copy here

In partnership with

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

Become a sponsor today.

Support bird conservation at Fairchild

Adopt a Red-shouldered Hawk, an Anhinga or an Ibis today and support our conservation efforts. Learn more...

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Press and Media Inquiry 

Please contact Maureen Tan, Public Relations Manager at 305.667.1651, ext. 3392 or mtan@fairchildgarden.org. 


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